Day10

Seek Contentment in God

from the 1 & 2 Timothy reading plan


1 Timothy 6:3-10, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Luke 12:13-34

BY Patti Sauls

It looked like Buddy was running for his life. Alone in his cage, our stout, honey-colored hamster raced on his wheel as fast as his stubby legs would take him. Poor guy! That flimsy wheel shook as Buddy wore himself out, running nowhere fast.

In today’s reading, Paul urged pastor Timothy to confront the false teachings that tempted his young church to run nowhere fast. Paul warned him specifically about those who “imagine that godliness is a way to material gain” (1Timothy 6:5). Timothy must reject the lie that promised financial blessing in exchange for faithfulness. Pursuing godliness—centering our lives on Jesus’s words and ways—should not be used to gain wealth. The Christian life is not about manipulating God for a stronger financial portfolio. 

Here’s what this lie still offers us today: a hamster wheel. It tells us to hop on and run for our lives. On the wheel, we’re motivated by greed and powered by desperation. We compare and we judge. We envy and we covet. We don’t just want what others have; we want more. If we attempt to be obedient, we harbor resentment and expect payback. We may not consciously say it, but in our hearts we insist, “I work hard and play by the rules. I go to church. Heck, I even tithe. God owes me.” 

But here’s the truth: God cannot be bought. Even if we do experience financial success, it will never be enough. “The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Money never delivers the deep contentment we crave. We keep running, always on the chase for more, yet never truly satisfied.

Why do our hearts wrestle with money? Having money in the bank is not the problem. But letting money have its way in my heart is. Loving and worshiping our accumulation of stuff, status, and security reveals our desire to seize control, assert independence, and reject God’s supremacy by declaring our own. Back on the hamster wheel we go, striving to be god of a flimsy kingdom of our own making.

True gain is found when we reject these lies. Contentment grows as we humbly center our lives on Jesus Christ because He has already secured our eternal identity and status. He is enough. We can be motivated by gratitude instead of greed, powered by delight instead of desperation. Resisting that shaky wheel is so much easier said than done. Our pride and insecurity tell us to run for our lives, to accumulate all we can. Can we admit that we’ll be tempted to hop back on again? We will. And, when we do, let’s lovingly remind each other that we can jump right off because Christ always catches us. To rest in Him, friends, is our greatest gain (1Timothy 6:6).

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52 thoughts on "Seek Contentment in God"

  1. Kaitlyn Dean says:

    ❤️

  2. Joy Baba says:

    I have been on the edge because of financial freedom. The Lord help me get back to always trusting Him

  3. Elizabeth Carlock says:

    Retail therapy will not bring me contentment and I already have so much stuff that I am overwhelmed. Yet the temptation is still there. This is a good reminder to be content in The Lord.

  4. Katharine Jorgensen says:

    Dear Lord I pray for all these women thank you for this community and help bring us all contentment at this time. I love you. Amen.

  5. Traci Gendron says:

    Praying Kimberly

  6. Brooke Huley says:

    Kimberly Z., I am so sorry about the pain you’re enduring right now. I am covering you and your father in prayers.

  7. Brooke Huley says:

    Jessica T., I praying for you ♥️ I know how hard it can be to feel stuck in a painful marriage. My marriage was on the brink of utter disaster for 10 years, with my husband not believing in the Word. Things were very ugly, and I realize I was mad at God for not lifting me out of the turmoil. Looking back, I can see how he was training me to be more like Him. He waited patiently for my heart to be right, and then He began to change things around. My husband now grows closer to the Lord every day, and I couldn’t imagine this change just a few years ago. Keep praying, keep seeking God first, and don’t give up—He will heal you and your home.

  8. Cathy Krause says:

    Praying for strength for you and your family as you deal with this.

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