“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Tim 6:6) (NKJV)
How foolish is it for a man to think he can find happiness through the acquisition of money or possessions (Eccl. 5:10). A man that expects to find fulfillment in/from money will become a servant of mammon and God will have nothing to do with him. You cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24).
It is possible to be godly, be in church and yet lack contentment. The nature of the natural man will always want more. He is hardly satisfied with what he has now. Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim 6:6). To be content does not mean you should be lazy. It means maximizing the opportunities that God has given to you right now and be satisfied with it, knowing that He can give you much more tomorrow.
Godliness is a God centered life. It is a life that depends on God, a life in which your choices are driven by thoughts of God (Isa. 55:8-9). In order to live a God centered life, you must cultivate His presence around you at all times to inspire and drive your choices, because In His presence, there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11).
There is a measure of gain that comes with being godly, but when it is combined with contentment, which is key in fulfilling the plan and purpose of God for your life, it is great gain (1Tim. 6:6). It offers you a huge advantage. Gain in this context does not necessarily mean money, because prosperity is not money (Gen. 39:2), but it could include money.
Do not let your focus be on the things that God has not given you; instead focus on what He has given and blessed you with and finding joy in them. A man who is not content is a greedy person. Greed destroys a man’s capacity to enjoy what God has given him today, leading to a stunt in the persons’ progress in life.
Contentment is the key to a happy life. Do not murmur or complain against God (Ex. 16:12). His timing might not align with your own timing, but He makes everything beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11).
It is godliness that makes a man to be content. Put your trust in God, knowing that He can not only provide for you but He is also able to keep and sustain you. Do not live your life like mere men (Isa. 41:23). Allow God to order your steps (Ps. 85:13), submitting your choices to Him, knowing that with God nothing shall be impossible (Matt. 17:20).
Worrying does not solve problems but instead trust God, knowing that with Him all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).