Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Therewith Be Content
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Young people, as I look at you, I see so much discontentment. It is not surprising when the world tries so hard to say you must be this or that; you must have this or that to be content. What saith the Scriptures?
Grace to you.
"And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse
falsely; and be content with
your wages" (Luke 3:14). John the Baptist was asked of the soldiers what they must do, and one of the things he told them was to be content with their wages. I hear this complaint at work fairly often, that we don't make enough. The Scripture teaches us we can be content with our wages.
Paul tells Timothy (and us), "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (1 Timothy 6:8). If we have food and clothing, Paul tells us that we can be content.
Paul wrote to his beloved church family and said, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learning, in whatsoever state I am,
to be content" (Philippians 4:11).
Becoming content is something that we must learn. Paul was writing from prison.
The author of Hebrews (Paul - I think; the Holy Spirit - I know) wrote, "
content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5).
here actually means conduct, behavior. We can be content with what we
We are commanded to be content with our wages; we are told that we can be content with food and covering, with what we have. We are taught that becoming content in every circumstance is something we can learn. And we are shown the reason it is possible, because He has said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."