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. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and many pangs.1 Timothy 6:6-10
Today’s reflection is pretty self-explanatory. I know that my own heart has battled temptation regarding this “stimulus” package. Free money! Free money from the world almost always has strings, whether emotional, spiritual, or otherwise, attached. The danger of discontent will be strong, especially if God has provided in other ways and the money isn’t something you need acutely.
Pray for ways to steward the funds for God’s glory, and ask him to keep you content in his current provision, despite whatever comes your way. And, if this money is needed desperately, praise him for his provision! He works in many different ways to care for his people. Whatever the case, make sure the stimulus funds become an opportunity to glorify God, even in secret.
The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!