The apostle Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Not me. There have definitely been times when I wished I had some of the extras I saw others enjoying. I haven’t always been satisfied. Could we be satisfied with just food and clothes as many claim is sufficient?
As I was pondering the question, my attention was drawn to my ten-month-old niece, Lily. She played quietly and happily gummed a slice of apple. She definitely looked content, I thought to myself and it showed me the illustration peace and happiness. She practically only had a diaper and a slice of apple that she happily gummed, she was content and smiling.
Lily wasn't worried about whether or not she would have food tomorrow or if she may not have a diaper tomorrow. She had her food and her clothes for the day and she was perfectly content knowing her mother or father to take care of her needs.
I should be the same way, happy and satisfied with what God gives me. I have not only food and clothing but also other material comforts are not necessarily basic needs. I have Jesus and His gift of salvation. I have my family, my health, friends. In all practically, it is evident I have all I need to be content and that I should be grateful for the blessings God has given to me as it is more than food and clothing. Let us thank the Lord for the abundance of more than just food and clothing.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 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.