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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Monday, April 18, 1994
Dear Colleagues,

GOD HAS PROMISED TO SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS

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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!

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