Daily Devotion, 07/30/2018, “Buy Me a Boat”
1 Timothy 5:6-9 NIV Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
So there’s this country song with a catchy tune by Chris Janson called, “Buy Me a Boat” in which he sings, “I know everybody says money can’t buy happiness but it could buy me a boat.” I like that song because it reminds me of something my mom jokingly says sometimes, “I know money can’t buy happiness but I’d sure like to have a bunch so I could find out for myself!”
The reality is that, “Great wealth” is found in “true godliness with contentment.” Obsessing over what we don’t have and over how to get more can rob us of our peace and lead us down a number of destructive paths. The never ending, never satisfying pursuit of more can easily displace our pursuit of God as our primary passion. As a result, we can “wander from the true faith” and pierce ourselves “with many sorrows.” There’s no contentment in those outcomes.
Work hard, be wise with your money and do all that you do honestly and with great integrity. Love God and follow Him first and foremost. If He blesses you with riches along the way, give Him the thanks and the glory. Ask Him to show you how to be a blessing to others and how to invest in His Kingdom work with what He has entrusted you with. If you’re not blessed with great monetary and material wealth along the way, that’s ok. The point is to have the great wealth that is found in true godliness with contentment. That’s available to all of us regardless of what we earn, what we have or where we live. You are loved!
PS: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NIV