Hebrews 13:5 “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.””
The love of money is insatiable. Therefore the love of money is permanent thirst and hunger. You always need more money because you fear what you have will run out. You always need more money to sustain the respect that comes with money. You always need more money because we consciously or unconsciously compete with others. But since more doesn’t satisfy, we get sleepless nights, worry, fear, jealous and ultimately diseases that relate to that experience. The Bible advises that keep your life free from the love of money, but why? Because God has said!
Be content. Be satisfied with what you have. Be satisfied with the state of things. After you do your best…accept the extent of your strength. Accept that God has brought you that far. You can’t move on, you can’t progress, unless you are first contented. Contentment is healthy and also a key step on the way forward! To be content is difficult but good for everyone. But why and how should you be content? Because God has said so!
Be content with what you have if it comes from your best efforts and it is God given. Unless God approves, you cannot exceed your best energies nor have more than God has given. While a big problem for many is laziness and they hardly do their best, but for many others, the problem is dissatisfaction with their best. For the later, God says to you, be content with what you have.
David and Moses were content as Shepherds. They did their best as Shepherds, until God lifted them into unforgettable leadership roles. Judas Iscariot was not content, he ended up a suicidal case. King Saul and Achan were not content with what God gave and went for the forbidden, which led to their deaths. Anyone who lives life without contentment with their best efforts and God given opportunity, will live sad lives, end in regret and painful death.
How do you know you are not content. When you wish others evil. When you are offended and irritated by news of the progress of others. When you gossip. When you are permanently politicking to gain power in organizations and society. When you are afraid of losing power or being overtaken. You refuse to acknowledge the good of others. When you stalk people, you are not contented. Such persons are sad and will die regretting and bitter. Be content and be the best of what you are and have. Because God has said so!
What has God said that will devalue money and bring satisfaction in any and all situations? God has promised to never leave nor forsake us. His promise is reliable throughout our life times!
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Love of money competes with love of God. You can only love one and not both.
Money will forsake you. Hasn’t money proved that it forsakes? When you make profit, doesn’t it forsake you? Hasn’t salary forsaken you shortly after meeting? Hasn’t pocket money given to you forsaken you? Even money saved forsakes in the name of inflation. Even things that money buy can forsake us and always forsakes us. Your expensive stuff are aging and fading and getting outdated…haven’t they forsaken you? Your phone and other gadgets that were latest are no longer latest…you have been forsaken! Money and what money buys, will always forsake us. Even power and position forsakes through election and aging. Friends forsake us when they get privileged or when we are an embarrassment or in need…anything other than God will forsake you!
God has said, don’t love money, it will forsake you. Love me, God says, I will never leave you, nor forsake you!
May God help me today to love Him and not love money. May God help me to be content with what I have and what I am. May God’s promise come true to us today and everyday…that when money and things with money value forsake us…May He never forsake us nor leave us in Jesus name. Amen!
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