- The Explore the Bible lesson for July 7 focuses on 1 Timothy 6:6-19.
A relationship with the Lord truly is an investment worth having. Not having this relationship is not only unwise but detrimental. God is a promise keeper, the rock of our salvation, our redeemer, healer and deliverer. In the Old Testament he describes himself as “I Am,” and in the New Covenant he is known as “Lord God the Almighty” (Revelation 15:3). Surely, investing our time, energy, talents and resources in him is the wisest decision we ever will make.
True Contentment (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
Yes, life gets tough, situations get challenging, and circumstances get cloudy and then dark. But we serve the great I Am, the Lord God Almighty; therefore, we can have true contentment in the tough times.
Paul tells us we are to move within the will of God despite circumstances, let contentment abide and live in the joy of the Lord. Abiding in the Lord means believing and knowing he will supply our needs. There is no need to fret over clothing, food and other necessities.
As we keep our desires heavenly focused, delighting ourselves in the Lord, we can rest assured in the finished works of the Lord God Almighty, including the fulfillment of riches and other earthly treasures. Our heavenly focus will keep us from the sin of the love of money. Loving money places priority on riches and not God. When we make God second to money, we are out of alignment and heading toward destruction.
How do we best exemplify true contentment? What are the benefits of true contentment?
True Riches (1 Timothy 6:11-16)
True riches are found in the Lord. These riches have earthly and heavenly value. We are to pursue those things which hold current value (love, forgiveness, long-suffering, patience, etc.) as well as heavenly importance.
In this fallen world we live in, there is a fight, but it is a good fight—a fight based on commitment not circumstances. It’s a fight that provides spiritual victory and eternal hope as we stand firm in the Lord. Keep the command to fight the good fight of faith, and it is a life-giving fight from Christ Jesus. As believers, we are to do battle in this world until the appointed time, when the ruler, king of kings, Lord God Almighty shall return.
What are some practical everyday ways we can stand firm in the Lord and fight the good fight of faith?
Stewards of Good works (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Hope belongs in the Lord only and not in the uncertainties of riches. Those of us who are wonderfully blessed with riches and good fortune are to do good and be generous. By doing so we are storing up eternal treasures, a true life for the coming time.
Prayer: Lord, you are a good God. We are grateful you have called us to true contentment, riches and good works, all of which are found in you. Help us to stay focused on you and your calling. Amen.
Lisa M. Rainey, PhD., is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas.