Hebrews 13:5 Being Content

 

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Money is something that people need in this world. It is required to purchase things that are needed such as: food, clothing, and housing. In itself money is not bad. It is a tool that has been made to be used by people.

In order to get money, people must work for it. They either work a job and someone pays them a wage, or they work their own business and people pay them for their services or products. And there is nothing wrong with working. A man must work in order to eat.

The problem that arises is the love for more money. People want more money than what they have, so they work that much more to get it. They will also sacrifice things or people to get more money.

People are not content with what they have and continually want more, bigger and better things. Greed takes place in the heart of a person. Discontent rises higher and higher in the struggle to get more money.

In the process of going for more money and being greedy, a believer is no longer trusting in God. He is no longer trusts that God is there for him and will never leave or forsake him.

God will always meet every need a believer has. There is no need so great that God cannot meet it. Not every desire that a person has is a need. Many things are wants and wishes, and may not be the best thing for a person.

God will only give the believer what is best for him. He will only meet what are truly needs. Beyond that is greed and may pull a person away from God. He needs to be content in what he both physically and in Christ Jesus.

Take a look at your life. What are you striving for in this life? More money and things? Or are you striving to have more of God?

God can and will meet every need you have, no matter how big or small it is. Trust in Him and be content with what He has blessed you with. Be content with the wealth you have in Jesus as your Savior. He won’t leave or forsake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will trust in God’s provision for your life.

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1 Timothy 6:6 Contentment

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Getting something that someone does not have is what most people want. People are always wanting something more. Billions of dollars are spent every year with people purchasing new things, from small little toys to cars and houses or more.

Billions of dollars are spent by companies advertising things that they have to sell. They tell people that they need those things. People purchase those things because they feel that they need them.

Problems occur, however, when people cannot afford to get those things. They are discontent because they want the item and feel they need it, but cannot get the item. Or they see their neighbor with that item and want it also.

Most people are not content with what they have. John D. Rockefeller once said that a little bit more is the answer to the question “how much money is enough?” At the time he said that, he was the richest person in the world. He was not content with what he has.

Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been discontent with what they have. They are always wanting a little bit more. Eve wanted a little more life than what she had in the garden, so she disobeyed God in trying to get more.

Paul says that one is to live a godly life and be content with what he has. Jesus had said to just pray for what one needs today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a sign of contentment.

God knows what each person needs. Not everyone needs a lot of money or many things or high dollar things. If a person has it, he may reject God in order to play with his new thing.

Every thing that a person has is to help him be closer to God, be more like Jesus or to show Jesus to someone else. He is to strive to be like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.

Take a look at what God has already blessed you with. You have enough. If God desires to give you more, He will, but do not fight for more. Having more may only bring about more problems in life. Trust God for what you need. Don’t trust the things of this world for what you need.

God can give you more peace than the things of this world. Seek Him first.

I pray that you will seek God first in your life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will find contentment in knowing God; that you will not seek contentment in things of this world; and that your life will be like that of Jesus. 

Isaiah 65:2 God Is Holding Out His Hands

All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–Isaiah 65:2

All throughout the Old Testament the nation of Israel would walk away from God and choose their own paths. They would pursue a path that, to them, appeared to be the best path. That path would be one without God in it. As they were doing this God would continually hold out His hands wanting to take them back. His great desire was to restore their relationship with Him.

Although several thousand years have passed, the pattern is still occurring worldwide. People every where are pursuing their own dreams and imaginations. Many feel if they can just get the right job position, or the right house, or hit a certain level of being famous, or live in the right area, or marry the right person, or some other thing, then everything will be perfect. Life will be the best if these things are met.

All of these things are just like taking a drug. They will make a person happy for a moment, but will quickly wear off. One will need to get more and more, higher doses to keep the happiness desired. Often a lot of these things that they pursue are not good for them, and are not what God wants for them.

As they are walking down these paths, searching for joy and contentment, God is reaching out His arms to them. He has the perfect plan for each one. He has a path for them, that will bring perfect contentment, joy and peace.

Many people look at what God has to offer and reject His arms reaching out to them. They see it as hard and difficult, with no real joy. God’s joy and peace is not always for the immediate, it is usually for the long run. His ways are the best ways in the end and are not just temporary fixes.

Each day, as you walk through this life, know that God is reaching His arms out to you, to hold you and guide you through this life. He wants the absolute best for you.

Are you willing to jump into His arms and trust Him?

Or will you continue, like most of the world, to follow your own imaginations?

I pray today that you will see God reaching out to you; that you will trust God’s arms of guidance; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful imaginations and pursuits; and that you will walk in the ways of God.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 119:72 Better Than Gold

The law from  your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72

Money is something that seems to be needed by everyone. In order to purchase needed food, clothing or housing a person needs money. Because of this, people work hard to get it. They will put in long, hard hours to get the needed money to pay for various needs.

Once the basic needs are met, people will then work many more hours to get extra money for more things. The amount of money needed never seems to find an end. The more a person has, the more a person wants.

Once the money is in the bank account, it is difficult for many to lose it. That money is very precious, needed and wanted.

Yet, the psalmist states that God’s law is even more precious than all that money. Having God’s law means more than having thousand or millions of dollars.

The world looks at someone as crazy who would rather have God’s Word than a big bank account. The things that money can buy appear to be better and greater than God’s Word.

For a believer there is something different that is gained that the world cannot know or understand. That something is real life.

All the things that money can buy are temporary and will go away or fall apart. God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word gives a person direction in how to really live life to the fullest. It teaches how to have contentment and fulfillment in this life.

If you are searching after the wealth of this world, you will only find temporary satisfaction, it will be here today and gone tomorrow.

Seeking and knowing God’s Word will guide you in what is best for your life. It will teach you how to live a life that will last for eternity.

How much greater is something that will last for eternity than something that is only temporary?

Keeping this in mind, seek to know God’s Word more and more. Make it the first focus of your life. See the real value in His Word, a value that outweighs all the gold in this world and all that the world has to offer.

I pray today that you will know the value of God’s Word in your life; that you will find the life in God’s Word; that you will spend your efforts to know the Bible; and that God will fill your life with fulfillment and contentment in Him.

Psalm 16:2 What You Really Have

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2

Accumulating things is the passion of many people. They can never have enough things, the newest toy, the newest car, the newest clothing fashion, the newest music or movie, or more of something they already have.

When Christmas season comes around, the majority talk about the ‘joy of giving’, but many would be very upset if they did not receive something or did not get what they wanted. During the few days after Christmas, the stores are filled with people returning unwanted gifts.

The same type of thinking occurs throughout the year, at birthdays, Father’s/Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and any other special occasions. People are always wanting something more. They can never get enough and are never completely satisfied with what they do have.

In today’s psalm, David writes that God is his master and ruler, and without Him, he has nothing good. David was totally content with God and God alone. He had learned that he may have everything in the world, but without God, all those things were worthless and not really good.

For many people, being content with God alone, is a difficult thing to do. The pressures of this world push a person to want or “need” more things. Fear of not having something drives many people to want more or get more. The things of this world will only be temporary and will fall apart, wear down or break,  and none of them will really satisfy your soul.

As a believer, if you have truly met with God, you will know how great God is and how loving He really is. You will realize that only God can give you true life.  It is God, alone, through Jesus, that can give you the hope, life, and satisfaction that you are looking for.

Look to God who has given you the breath of life. He is the one who created everything that is. Without God, everything is meaningless and of no real value. With God, the things He gives you has value, both now and for eternity.

Be content with what God has given or not given you. Seek God and Him alone and He will give you the satisfaction and life you desire.

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you will know the blessings God is giving you; that you will be content with God alone; and that you will seek God first in your life.

Numbers 11:4-5 Not Seeing What You Have

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.” Numbers 11:4-5

God had been providing manna miraculously from heaven for the Israelites to eat. After eating this for some time, a group of people started complaining about eating the same thing every day. They wanted the food they had in Egypt. This got the all of the people to started wailing about the lack of food.

When God had finally removed the Israelites from Egypt the people were extremely glad. They were glad to be out from under the heavy hand of slavery, they now had their own freedom. As time went along, they forgot about the hardships of slavery and only remembered the food they had there.

People today do the same thing. God has pulled many people out of a very troubling situation. Then people start to complain about where they are at and want to look back at what they once had.

The challenge is in how you look at what you have. If you look at it as the Israelites did, it will be just the same old stuff over and over, again and again. You will quickly become discontent. You will no longer see God’s miraculous hand of provision in your life.

No matter what you have in your life, there is always something better that you had in your past, and something more that you would like, if you are not content in Jesus alone.

Where do you find your joy and satisfaction? Is it in the Lord Jesus? Or is it in things of this world?

Keep your eyes and life focused on Jesus and His desire for your life. Allow yourself to be content with what He has for you today.

Do not look back at what was yesterday…God is bringing you on to bigger and better things, but there is a process, a journey to get there. God is providing for you today. Do you see His hand of provision? Or do you see it as He is denying you something?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He has for you; that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will be content in following God and what He has for you; and that you will not look back or to other things/people for your contentment and provision.