“Better is a little with the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the LORD Than great treasure and trouble with it.”
For some, we are better off with little than great riches and treasure. I’ve heard people complain and murmur towards the Lord because they lacked what they felt was owed to them in life. Some people long to “gain the world” even if it resulted in the losing of their own soul. It brings to mind a movie scene I watched at as a young kid where an Olympic coach said to an athlete on his team, “an Olympic medal is a wonderful thing, but if your not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.” It doesn’t matter what you feel like your lacking in life, that is not going to fulfill you and turn your life around.
I remember some of the years of my life that I felt the most contentment, they weren’t times of great prosperity of wealth or other physical possessions. In fact, in the natural aspect of things it didn’t look as if I was living in what some would consider “the fullness of God’s blessing.” But what I lacked in the physical things didn’t bother me, in fact, I never thought twice about it. My life was filled with peace, joy, and contentment in the Lord. When I think back at those years in my life I realize it’s because my heart was centered in God.
Philippians 4:10-19 was written in the context of giving monetary gifts or at the very least the giving of something with some type of monetary value. Paul then goes on to say,
“not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; I any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”
Paul says here that he has “learned the secret” and that secret he explains in the following verse. The secret Paul discovered in life was to live life through Christ and His strength. Paul’s heart was centered in God no matter what situation he faced in life.
When we learn the greatest treasure in life doesn’t come from silver and gold but from the love that God has for us, we can then keep our hearts perspective focused in the right direction. The quality of your life today is determined by the focus of your heart. Money, cars, a house, a relationship, a ministry, or anything else you could desire will not fulfill you, only God and the love He has for you will. Let me ask you a question, what are you looking for to make you happy and truly fulfilled in life? Because that’s your treasure. Your treasure is what your holding at the greatest value in life, it’s what’s most important to you.
Matthew 6:21 reads, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Notice how this verse doesn’t say your treasure follows your heart, it says your heart follows your treasure. The key to having true contentment in life is having your heart in it’s proper place. Where is your treasure today and is it keeping your heart from being centered in God?