11.16.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

Contentment
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain"  1 Timothy 6:6

Are you satisfied with your life?  I hope and pray that you are.  It seems there are many in our world who have not found contentment in life.  Alcoholism and drug use are more and more prevalent, suicide rates are rising since the recession, and there is a general air of discontentment in our world.  With all of our technology, with all of our wealth, and with all of our "stuff" how can this be?  What are we missing?   A story is told of a King who was suffering from a malady and was advised by his astrologist that he would be cured if the shirt of a contented man was brought for him to wear.  People went out to all parts of the kingdom after such a person, and after a long search they found a man who was really happy and content.  The problem was he did not even possess a shirt :-).  Can it be that technology doesn't hold the answer, that wealth is not the solution,  and that man's wisdom and/or philosophy will always come up short?! 
The wise King Solomon, the third King of Israel spent his whole life searching for the answer to these and many more questions.  He was given great wisdom by God.  Greater wisdom, the Bible says, than anyone before him or anyone after him, with the exception of Jesus!  Solomon tried everything he could to achieve satisfaction.  He tried madness and folly, he tried wealth, he tried women, he tried wine, he tried building projects, gardens and orchards.  He tried anything and everything his eyes desired, and did not withhold his heart from any pleasure.    Is this starting to sound familiar to you?  Been there and done that :-(.  Anyway, back to Solomon.  He had more "stuff" than anyone in Israel and he was miserable.  Don't believe me?  Read the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.  It is all there in black and white.  This is what the wise King Solomon writes at the end of his life story.  "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.  For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or whether evil."    I saw a bumper snicker one time that said "He who dies with the most toys wins."  I remember thinking "He who dies with the most toys still dies!" 
Contentment is found in a relationship with your Creator.  It can't be bought, it can't be earned.  It is a free gift, and it is available to any and all through Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God who loves you and gave Himself for you.  Will you let Him bring contentment to your life today?  He is just a prayer away.
Prayer for today:  Lord Jesus show me satisfaction in knowing and being known by You each and every day, come what may.  Amen

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