But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. – I Timothy 6:6-8
I love the Thanksgiving season and feel that it is one of the most underappreciated holidays we have. Thanksgiving tends to be a kick-off to the Christmas season. We as a society may be quick to forget all that our Maker has blessed us with. One commentator made the following point on the verse listed above, which I think is quite fitting as we approach Thanksgiving:
“Contentment is a stranger to most of us. Like an octopus, we spend ourselves gathering goods, scrambling after promotions, and juggling to include one more handful. Eventually, we will collapse with full hands and empty hearts. The wealthiest man, King Solomon, wrote, ‘Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:6).”
We would do well to listen and adhere to the words of Solomon written 3,000 years ago. We become discontented with God when we forget all that He has done for us. Take a few minutes to think back through this year alone and recall the blessings, gifts and mercies of God. Contentment and thankfulness come much easier when we are mindful of all that we have received from the gracious hand of God.
Lord, You have indeed been good to us!
Thankful for His mercy, grace and salvation,