Posted by: SandreS | June 14, 2009

Food and Raiment

Having food and raiment let us be therewith content (I Timothy 6:8).

Paul presents to us a low threshold standard in regard to our earthly needs. He had learned from the Lord that basic sustenance consisted of two simple things: food and raiment.

What a truth of perception. This verse really can bring some much needed perspective to our daily lives. Although this is not the Madison Avenue/Wall Street/Ivy League outlook upon life, it is nonetheless the Divine viewpoint.

What is it that we think we really need? Do we think we need cars, bank accounts, insurances, stocks and retirement accounts? Although we may have some of these things, not one of them qualifies as what God has defined through Paul as a “need.”

Most of us who read these words live far beyond our basic needs. There is nothing wrong with abundance, but we must have the Divine wisdom to distinguish the difference between abundance and real need.

True spiritual life produces contentment, even within the confines of basic food and raiment. Amazing, isn’t it? What would have been your basic list to which you would have said, “let us therewith be content”?

James Strong defines “food” as “nourishment,” while E.W. Bullinger defines “raiment” as “covering, i.e., shelter or clothing.”

The author of the Book of Hebrews writes,

Let your conversation [manner of life] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5).

Let us give heart to Paul’s instructional words:

Having food and raiment let us be therewith content (I Timothy 6:8).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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