One of the greatest gifts of a close relationship with God is—contentment. I never imagined awaking each day without a gnawing craving that I was missing the best things in life or that I had to try to be someone I wasn’t in order to be loved. It was exhausting! As I get closer to God, I need less and less of what I used to work so hard to get. He makes me so complete.

The Book of First Timothy links contentment with being godly, which is the opposite place we typically seek contentment. Godliness is being so in love with God that we willingly conform our thoughts, words and behavior to be close to Him. When we are close to Him, we are completely content with whatever He gives us because we have experienced satisfaction which exceeds what we receive from the temporal gifts of the world. We stop imagining that “godliness is a means of great (physical) gain.” (1 Timothy 6:5)

Rather, we know that a relationship with Him is our most precious asset. We identify with this truth: “But godliness with contentment is great gain, 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.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

When we’re close to God, we don’t want any possession, position or relationship to take us from Him.

He is so amazing that the things we used to desire are much less desirable than Him. This is the experience of being satisfied by God. I would have never believed it until I experienced it! Now, when I begin to long for any unmet physical need—I know that He knows about it. He knows my heart better than I do. He knows what will distract me and cause me to suffer the loss of His companionship. He gives me what I need to keep me close to Him. Because He has proven His love to me more than anyone else—I trust Him. Knowing Him keeps me content and thankful!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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