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Daily Devotions – What are the advantages of contentedness?

 

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1 Timothy 6:3-10 (NIV)
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

Lord, there are so many messages contrary to Your Word in this world right now. There are unhealthy controversies, envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people today, just as described in these verses. Lord, help me to focus on You and Your Word and not on the ungodly teachings. Help me not to be tempted by power and wealth but to be content with what I have been given. A selfish accumulation of wealth and an unhealthy obsession with material things will never bring contentment. Ultimately, contentment only comes from putting my hope in You. I praise You, I worship You, and I am thankful for all of Your abundant blessings. Amen