Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
The writer of the book of Hebrews speaks of the need for God’s people to have a lifestyle free from covetousness, a desire for more, or a dissatisfaction with what we have. Whether it be more money, a larger house, a newer car, the Christian life should not be one of discontent. Like Paul stated in yesterday’s devotion, we need to be content no matter our situation. He gives Timothy some sound advice in:
1 Timothy 6:7-9 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Today’s world constantly tries to get us to desire more than what we have. Yet, we know that when we come to the end of this life, we won’t be taking anything with us. Having the basic necessities of life should satisfy us, however we have been blessed far beyond just the basic needs of life for the most part.
Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
I believe the writer of proverbs 30 summed up best what most people would desire, not too much and not too little, just enough, and that would bring most of us a contented life. Yet, the Bible says, that knowing that Christ will never leave us should bring us contentment. After all, He is enough. Our contentment should never be measured by what we have, but by who we have. Knowing He will always be with us should give us a sense of continued contentment!