Monday, April 21, 2008
I found the biblical teaching on contentment especially helpful this morning. “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Commentaries say the words “have learned” are in a construction. This speaks of entrance into a new condition. Paul may had not always known contentment. He may had been reared in the lap of luxury, and had not known "hungry times" as a young man.... Interesting to note that some of the richest people in the world have no money while some of the poorest people have material wealth beyond imagination.... As for me and my family, we never lacked anything we need. But contentment is always something my family needs to learn amid a different spirit (e.g. "covetousness," envy," materialism, consumerism etc.) prevailing around us. Since I became a Christian, I'd enjoyed a simple, godly lifestyle while serving the Lord. But this "learning" won't come about by sheer grace. God continues to test us to stop shopping and read His Word! Our bodies are the temple of God. We are body, mind, and soul. When all three are in harmony, like the Trinity, true wealth that only Lord can provide will fill our days.