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But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV
One thing that meditation teaches us is to focus on the present. Each breath is a gift.
Contentment is a practice. It is so easy to be discontented with the state of things. There will always be illness, difficulties, and people who complain in this world, but Christ has overcome the world.
There is a present eternity beyond this one that we haven’t yet experienced. When we look to Jesus, instead of seeing the things that we want that have not yet manifested in our lives, we see His grace. Amen.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. – Psalms 37:5-6 NIV
A funny thing happens when we commit to something we care about. Everything falls into place. When we trust the Lord in all things: family, career, and health, the Lord rewards us.
A reward from God is not always monetary, although sometimes He will show us we are on the right track by giving us prosperity. A reward can simply be a feeling of happiness, gratitude, and contentment. The Lord has given us an incredible inheritance: eternal life. Our trials are temporary. Amen.
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” – Numbers 13:30 NIV
The Lord is a God of possibilities. He didn’t promise the children of Israel land that they could not possess. He promised them land that He knew they were meant to live in. They took a look at the people who currently lived in the land flowing with milk and honey and declared it impossible to take over. They had so little faith!
How often do we question what God has promised us? How often do we doubt the richness and joy we will have in Heaven? Do material possessions matter here on earth? The Lord knows we need things, and when it matters, He always provides for us, or He shows us what we can appreciate more about what we already have. He doesn’t ask us to manifest wealth, because He has already promised the world to us. We just have to follow Him and trust that everything will work out. Amen.