When you stop and analyze it, usually the reason most people can’t find contentment is that they are looking for it in the wrong places. About the first place one would expect to find contentment is in wealth. We think that if we just had enough money we could buy the things that would give us satisfaction, and that we would be content with our possessions. King Solomon had the same thoughts and, unlike us, he was able to acquire great wealth. But listen to his testimony: “I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and woman singers, and a harem as well—the delights of the heart of man…I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.” (Ecclesiastes 2:8-11) What was King Solomon’s conclusion? “I hated all things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool?” (Ecclesiastes 2: 17) For all is vanity and grasping for the wind. Jesus warns us, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
I am convinced that if we are to ever find contentment, it will be in godliness. There is no real contentment apart from godliness. Some think that contentment is found in drugs, alcohol, and wealth. I would like to share with you this bible text with hopes that it can shed some light on the subject. (1Timothy 6:6-11) Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (v8)and having food and clothing, with this we shall be content (v-9)But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition (v10) for the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.(v11) But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Verse 12 tells us to fight the good fight of faith so that we may lay hold on eternal life. Yes, money is needed to live here on earth but not to the point that it keeps us from serving God faithfully. (Luke 16:13) “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and dispise the other. YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MONEY.
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