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Daily Reading: 1 Timothy 6

Scripture Focus: But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6.6-8)

Devotional Thought: This world is full of discontented people, isn't it? People want more and more, not for the sake of having more, but for the sake of having more than their neighbors. Whether it is wealth, or fame, or accomplishments, the human animal is driven to out-earn, out-shine, and out-perform. That is not the way of happiness, is it? You will always find a person with more money, more popularity, more opportunity, and more ability. What is the secret to being content? Paul said it is godliness!

Why does godliness bring contentment and a sense of gain?

First, because we were created to be like God. Sin has marred the image of God and obscured our created purpose. As the image of God is recreated in us, we feel like we are coming home. We are 'made right.'

Another reason is that godliness brings peace. Whenever a relationship is strained due to differences, there is a sense of unease. We avoid the person with whom we are at odds. But, when the relationship is restored, we are free and at peace in the presence of the other.

Finally, godliness holds the promise of plenty. Not plenty of this world's goods - we often sacrifice to be like God. But godliness holds promise for an eternal inheritance. When a person is in the process of building a house, they can put up with a lot of inconvenience because they know what is ahead. In the same way, we know what lies before us!

Purpose, peace, promise. Godliness brings contentment!

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for making me like you. Help me to be content and to keep my eyes on the prize. Amen.

Psalm of the Day: 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! 26 When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! 27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. 28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! 29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. 31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame! 32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! (Psalms 119:25-32)

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