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Content with God’s Gifts

by on April 2, 2013

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.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

– Hebrews 13.5-6

America has a spending problem.  I know… I’m an American.  Every day, just like you, I am inundated with commercials on the radio, in print, on the web, at movies, and whenever I watch the television which try to impress upon me the importance of buying the latest and greatest, and to, “Keep up with the Jones’.”

When the Power Ball jackpot hit $38-million, I admit that I let thoughts creep into my mind of what it would be like to have wealth of that magnitude.  I imagined the things that I could do with that kind of cash, and then I considered what I would do with that kind of cash.  Then I was brought back to reality… I’m not buying a ticket, I have plenty already, I am thankful for what I have.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but what I had just done when coming back to to reality was exactly what the Lord wants us to understand from what he had in mind for the author of Hebrews to share with us:  Be content with what you have.  The words used in the original language carry with them the reality check of being satisfied with the things of the present.  Look around you!  See that the Lord is good!

Every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17).

God will never leave nor forsake us.

The Lord is ever present, and ever helping us.

Our perspective is to be eternal in scope, and on what is before us now, in the present circumstance God has placed us.  We are a blessed people of God, and we need to remember that no matter how loudly the world tries to convince us otherwise.

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  ~Philippians 4:11-13

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