Power of Contentment and the Tale of Two Men

Proverbs 30:7-9a Dissected & Defined

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD?

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Power of Contentment

This is a prayer of contentment. It sounds strange coming from one of the most wealthiest men in the world. But maybe he had learned some of life’s lessons similar to the one I learned today. 

This morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. in Festus, Missouri. In a few minutes, I will fly back home after a weekend of presenting our ministry. Last night, I spoke to my wife before I went to bed; we discussed a few things, and she spoke of our need to do some banking. We are leaving for an evangelistic trip and need to pay a whole month’s bills at once. She indicated that the checks I left behind to be deposited were enough for our bills and to prepay two weeks of anticipated tithes. We were grateful for God’s extended provision.

Contentment vs Lust

As I waited, I turned on the news and saw an interview with Mr. Bill Gates. For the most part, it was a very interesting interview, and it kept my attention for over twenty minutes. However, just before my ride arrived, the show’s host questioned Mr. Gates’ wealth. He had been named the wealthiest man in the world for the twelfth straight year. He was quizzing him on the “honor.”

Mr. Gates went on to deride the host by telling him that being the wealthiest man in the world had no real value to him. He pointed out that it came with great burdens and responsibilities that were seldom worth the wealth. The interviewer then asked him a most intriguing question that, when Mr. Gates answered, it left me quite stunned. He asked, “How much money would you like to be worth?” Bill Gates replied, “More!” The host quizzed on, “Would that be your response no matter how much more you made?” To this Mr. Gates replied, “Most assuredly.” Discontent abounded! No wonder he doesn’t believe in or need God.

The tale of two men: One wealthy and one just getting by. I flew home rather content today and couldn’t help but wonder how Bill felt as he headed home. 

I am glad I’m so wealthy and I feel bad that Bill’s just getting by. Jehovah Jirah!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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