Today’s Scripture: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into thisworld, and it iscertain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:6-7 

How much _______ (money, real estate, stocks and bonds — you fill in the blank) is enough? In Leo Tolstoy’s short story, How Much Land Does a Man Need?, a peasant landowner and farmer named Pahom thought if he only had a little more land, he would be happy. Soon hegot his wish. His property grew from a few acres to 40 acres, and then to 125 acres — but he still wasn’t happy.

One day, Pahom was given an opportunity to purchase at a great price all the land he could walk around in one day. The next morning, he started walking east toward the rising sun. Around noon, he turned left to the north. As he went in this direction, he spotted a plot of good land and marked it, but now he had to return because the sun was setting. He started running as fast as he could towards the starting point, until finally he saw it a short distance ahead. Just as the sun disappeared, he reached the mark. But Pahom never got the land he wanted because he died on the spot from exhaustion.

At the end of his life, Pahom only owned the six feet of land where his body was buried. Discontentment kept him from enjoying what he had and when he died, he lost everything. Many of us live the same way. We spend our lives trying to get more, only to be disappointed when we find out that these things can’t make us happy. They only rob us of our joy, peace, and energy. Contentment can only be found when we put our trust in Christ as Savior. If you have Him, you’ve got everything, but if you have everything without Him, you have nothing.

Christ offers you joy that the world can’t take away, peace that surpasses understanding, a home in Heaven, and the lasting satisfaction that comes from knowing He loves and accepts you as you are — even when the sun goes down. Put your trust in Him today. He is everything you need.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder