Be Thankful. Be Content. Be Godly. Live Faithfully
Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, April 17
It continues to be my hope and prayer that you all are well. It’s been difficult having to stay at home so much. Many of us are used to being out and about. We enjoy being with our brethren for worship and Bible study.
We’re trying to keep busy here. In addition to Bible study, reading, and writing, closets are getting de-cluttered, the yard is getting some extra attention, taxes are getting done and filed. We've been getting some fresh air by walking every evening around the neighborhood.
Try to imagine what it was like for Paul being under house arrest for two years. He had many ups and downs in his life (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). And yet he said, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
Yesterday we talked about our physical blessings and being thankful for what God has provided. We need to add contentment to our thankfulness. “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).
Just like thankfulness, contentment is found in our heart. It’s our attitude. Notice Paul said, “godliness with contentment is great gain.” There is a joy in knowing whatever we go through in this life, has a much greater blessing for our future home in heaven. This life is only temporary. We must use what God gives us to make that journey.
Why would we hinder ourselves with the burdens here below? We must rise above them. Get our heart right. Be thankful. Be content. Be godly. Live faithfully.
Oh, how much better life would be if we could just let loose of those things which have tied us down, and all because of our own thinking.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” —Chris