Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain
Often in life we are very skeptical and take our steps very cautiously (rather sometimes unnecessarily overcautiously). It could be due to our nature or hard lessons we learnt from ours or others experience. In such scenarios, submitting to things and circumstances offered often becomes difficult because we refuse to agree unless we are convinced by our own intellect and understanding. Such a behavior would be a blessing when dealing with devil’s lucrative and destructive offers in life, however with God-Faith is the only way we can convince ourselves for a future certain blessedness.
“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 NKJV
Mary willingly accepted God’s proposal to bear His body within her womb.
When Jesus was about to be crucified as per the divine plan and purpose for the redemption of mankind, the deal was tough to accept, being punished for crime not done, being ridiculed for doing good, accepting all the consequences of our sins upon Himself, and Jesus prayed three times in the garden of Gethsemane –
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 NKJV
And thus Jesus submitted to the divine plan for our redemption.
Paul states the blessedness of a Christian life saying…
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Tim 6:6 NKJV
If our godliness and faith does not find contentment in Christ then we are at a big loss, however if we are perfectly content and satisfied in Him, we are the most blessed.
Indian Christian history records an account of a Christian saint Sadhu Kochukunju Updeshi who when he lost one of his sons who passed away at an early age wrote a famous song in Malayalam language “Dukhathinte paanapaathram, karthavente kayil thannal…”, the meaning of the song is “Even if God gives into my hands the cup of sorrows, yet with joy will I drink from it and sing praises to the Lord.”
Often troublesome circumstances, pain, loss and failures evokes the worth person out of us who is exhibited with anger, complain, foul mouth and curses.
Yet what God wants today is someone like Job who even when he had almost lost everything said this…
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth.” Job 19:25 NKJV
God’s will is true, His will is perfect, may we be ready always to say “Lord, let Thy will be done, not mine.”
Some blessed quotes..
“There's a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.”
J. I. Packer
“God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and is cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.”
Aiden Wilson Tozer
“Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”
“Contentment is not by addition but by subtraction: seeking to add a thing will not bring contentment. Instead, subtracting from your desires until you are satisfied only with Christ brings contentment.”