That’s what worries me, because His idea of “needs” may not square with my idea of “wants”.
“Godliness with contentment is a great means of gain…If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” (I Tim. 6:6, 8)
My problem is that I not only want food and covering, but also a full menu of choices as to what kind of food…and covering He is to supply. Israel had the same problem:
“In their heart they put God to the test, by asking food according to their desire.” (Psa. 78:18)
Then there is the problem of wanting to be rich:
“Those who desire to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction…” (I Tim. 6:9)
I wonder if our appetite for wealth has something to do with our desire to have more than one day’s provision at a time. Christ taught us to pray for ” daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) In supplying the Israelites with manna, God allowed them to pick up only one day’s provision at a time. If they attempted more, the manna rotted! (Exodus 16:20). Obviously, God was dealing with their greed and teaching them to trust Him one day at a time.
So, what does “godliness with contentment” mean? Try this:
“That I will view work as a sacred trust and responsibility. That I will conscientiously seek to provide for my family while balancing the other legitimately competing demands in my life (family, church, ministry, personal growth, etc.). I will then rest the issue of income and standard of living with Him: I and my family will determine to be content with however and with whatever He chooses to provide (whether it is a day’s provision at a time, or a year’s).
Covetousness is discontentedly wanting and even demanding as a right that God allow me to live at a level that caters to my wants. When these “rights” are not met, I become discontent…even angry. And with that God is not well pleased.
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill
*Original Facts date April 18th, 1994
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