Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” Hebrews 13:5
Wow, be content with what you have! A statement that is easy enough to make, but seemingly impossible to accomplish. It just seems as if there is always a need for more. Culture has taught us that there is no such thing as having too much money. There is a constant pressure to keep up with the “Joneses,” the house needs upgrades, the car has too many miles, the kids need nicer clothes, and the list could go on and on. The lifestyles of the rich and famous have produced unreasonable expectations in people who simply do not have the means to keep up.
The good news is the God of Heaven has never placed carnal or worldly pleasures at the top of a Christians to do list. On the contrary, the writer of Hebrews instructs the believer to relieve themselves of the pressure of having to have things. While it is not wrong to have some of these pleasures, our writer speaks of an unhealthy love of these pleasures.
When a person becomes so involved with chasing more, it will soon be seen that God is getting less. The emphasis here is to be satisfied with what you have. The house may need upgrades, but you have a house. The car has many miles but it still gets you where you need to go. The kids may want nicer, but what they have is fine. Be content!
When the shiny things of this world seem to be mocking the believer, remember, one of the greatest promises ever given is right here in this text, "He will never desert you, nor will He forsake you"!
Every Christian struggles at times, but never has a true Christian been left alone. Let Christ satisfy your longing soul.
In His service
Pastor Richie Honeycutt