Are You Really Content?

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out,” 1 Timothy 6 -7

Are you someone who can sit calmly by the seashore? Or are you most happy pushing others to meet your standards, counting your riches or constantly devising ways to make more money, even on vacation?

Do we as American citizens–one of the richest civilizations in the history of the world–recognize God’s blessings or do we horde our wealth by refusing to share? Or worse, not recognizing our blessings as we fight to move up the corporate leader or strive for a few more zeros on our banking account.

Lady at the Seashore
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I hope that I am the kind of guy who can relax at the seashore happy with the heat of the warm sun, the crashing waves and the body God gave me. Content. Wishing for only what has been provided to me. Not asking for an excess of material things or more than I need.

But we know that we cannot stay on the beach for ever. We all know that God has provided rest for us (Exodus 20:8), but He also directed us to work (Genesis 2:15). We must strive for the balance He outlined.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. Rich or poor, hungry or full belly whether we are beautiful or homely. He set an example for us to follow:

“…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.” Philippians 4:11-12

If we follow God’s direction for contentment–not that of man–we’re likely to live a better life while on earth and to enjoy eternity.

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Nature Reveals God’s Perfection to Us All

Years ago, a friend and I took a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. It was a short trip via the nation’s premier hiking path. For us, it was a mere three days and two nights. Many others hikers take months to cover the entire 2,200-mile foot path from Georgia to Maine. As we hiked near Damascus, Virginia, when the spring blooms were fresh on the trees, we were awe struck by the beauty God’s handiwork.

Taking a break at the top of a hill, a silver, rock-strewn creek meandered along the bottom. Fresh magnolias bloomed. The colors of the painter’s palette treated our eyes and the smell of the exploding forest surrounded us. Such beauty makes me think of how it must have been at creation.

“God is everywhere. Take a step outside and you will be surrounded by the intricacies and fascinating systematic creation that was created by our God. He is in the mountains, the beaches, jungles, ocean depths, prairies, farmland, deserts, and valleys,” Mandy Smith writes on her website, https://www.ibelieve.com/faith

God’s handiwork is all around us. That’s why Romans 1:20 struck me so.

For His invisible attributes that is eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world being understood through what He made.

Question: How have we known God’s handiwork and not recognized Him as creator? How can we attribute nature’s awesomeness to the Big Bang Theory or evolution without proof evidence.

A long time ago, I accepted that God created the world. I acknowledged that it was not a random collection of molecules from a primal swamp as the evolutionists claim. Why? Exhibit A is the majesty of the human body. How else could the body come into existence with the merger of two cells, yet grow to–in some cases—more than seven-feet tall and live for more than 100 years? How else is just the right amount of blood run through our veins? How else do a man and a woman come together to produce a child?

Think for a moment about your body and how magnificent it is. The brain is the best computer ever invented. The eyes are unmatched by any optical lens. We–unlike any other animal– can use tools to make marvelous things like airplanes.

How appropriate that we don’t have to search too far for an answer to how this came into being. This question was answered in the first verses of the Bible. As if God positioned it in the first verse of the first chapter for emphasis.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1

Application: Have you accepted that God created the world and accepted Jesus Christ as your savior? If not, why not? To become a Christian, pray this simple prayer.

Father, I know that I am a sinner and that distance from you to me is huge. I am sorry for my sins. I’m asking that you forgive them. I accept that Christ died for my sins and the sins of all. Jesus, take over my life and lead me on the right path. I cannot do this alone. Send the Holy Spirit into my life. Amen.

Then, find a Bible-based, local church that can help you grow in your walk with Christ.


Finding Your Way

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          “All a person’s ways seem pure to the, but motives are weight by the Lord, Proverbs 16: 2 (NIV)

I remember when I was a Boy Scout being taught how to use a compass.  We were in the middle of a grassy, open field in a large Michigan forest on a sunny summer day.  Mr. Maxwell, our Scoutmaster, held a compass with a clear plastic base on to which was attached a dial with a red magnetic needle. Orient the magnetic needle to find north.

“If you have a compass,”  I remember him saying, “you can always find north.”  Once you know north, you can find out where you outta be.”  Likewise the Bible is our moral compass.  Whether it’s deciding right or wrong in behavior, business decisions or national politics, the words of the Lord should be our guide.

What is your moral compass?  How do you decide what’s right or wrong?  Is it what your mother taught you?  Is it popular opinion?  Is it legal versus illegal?  Is it the likelihood of getting caught?

A compass can prevent you from making bad decisions, guiding the way at every crossroad in life. Like a hidden blind spot on a road, the Bible warns you about what’s around the corner.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” we are reminded in Jeremiah 29:11.

The Bible, as the compass, always points to the path you should take, and is a guide to the decisions we make.