1 Timothy 6:6
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain…
Godliness produces many spiritual fruits in our lives. If we follow Christ and He enables us to reach a godly lifestyle reflecting the Person and characteristics of Our Loving Saviour then one of those fruits can be a deep contentment.
In the Old Testament when the people of God, the Israelites, where walking in a godly manner – they were under the cloud by day and the fire by night. (This refers to the Presence of God visible in this way).
In so walking correctly they were content.
When discontentment enters into our lives either through sin, unbelief, or adverse circumstances – it can be difficult to enter into contentment again.
Sometimes discontentment can lead us to many wrong choices and actions – discontentment in thought word or deed.
I have always liked the saying (as we say: ‘That old chestnut…’) – ‘I’M SATISFIED WITH A DIS-SATISFIED SATISFACTION.’
I have always considered myself a discontented kind of human being. Even when I achieve something successfully – I’m already looking for the next thing that needs achieved.
Failing to take the time to enjoy the sense of accomplishment, in the first place.
I do know this, that when the scripture ties these two together (i.e. Godliness and contentment) – it does so with purposefulness and intent.
Reaching Godliness and the heart is content. In fact nothing will produce lasting contentment apart from a living relationship with God Himself.
All subsequent discontentment that we allow to creep back into our lives, must be brought to Him and He will give us peace again.
Here are some scriptures that reference contentment or lack of it.
Jesus giving advice to Roman soldiers:
“Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Paul the apostle speaking:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I would suggest the secret he refers to is a walk with Christ and the Godliness it gives.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Strength is the second part of the ‘secret’. Strength from God that produces godliness and therefore contentment.
Conversely – It can be a clear sign that God is influencing you if you are a non-Christian – if you enter an emotional state you can’t quite define.
God strives with men, until the discontentment we feel as a result brings us to the realisation that we are in need of Christ as Saviour and Lord. This is a kind of discontentment to do with a convicted conscience.
Finally God says:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
He has to be with us in the first place before He will never leave us
– But maybe you have already asked Him into your life?