Are You Content?
1 Timothy 6:8,10
8 If we have food and covering with these we shall be content,
10 for the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Yes, the book of Proverbs contains many promises regarding money, wealth, and prosperity and they all come with the same limitation: seek wisdom, not wealth and wisdom will reward you with wealth and long life.
In today’s verses, Paul says contentment is the key. If you come to love the money you’re going to fall into a trap that may hold you forever. Contentment, he says, is when you have food and clothing. That seems a bit spartan, perhaps he is merely advocating for the idea of minimalism with an eye on God determining what you really need.
Really nearly all of the Bible’s statements about money management are in ways vague leaving some room for discussion or debate. Is ambition wrong then? Not if its motivation is to glorify God and further the Kingdom all the while being content with God’s choices about outcomes.