What do I need in order to be content? That has been on my mind as life has altered in a few short weeks. Spring break plans are on hold. Spending decisions are in limbo. Fear creeps in while we watch the stock market tumble. We don’t dare peak at our retirement plans.
These words from 1 Timothy 6:8 keep surfacing in my head: “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” Food and covering. We’re used to having much more than just food and covering. It’s easy to think we need much more than food and covering. How we can we be content with so little if circumstances require us to scale back?
First, keep your eyes on eternity. The previous verse in 1 Timothy says: “… we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.” We all step across the edge of eternity with the same financial net worth – zero. It’s for good reason that Jesus tells us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
Second, remember God’s compassionate care of you. To those who were worrying about their needs, Jesus directed their eyes to the birds of the air. "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (Matthew 6:26). If He provides for the birds – and you are worth more to Him than the birds – won’t He also provide for you?
Third, focus on one day at a time. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Don’t live in the future. If God is meeting your needs today, thank Him today. Perhaps that’s why Jesus instructs us to pray for our “daily bread.”