5Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”6So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (MSG) 5-6 Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV) 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.” 6 So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT) 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Thoughts of Devotion:
The subject that we will be bases our devotional on for the next few days is the sin of greed. The Bible warns us in the book of Hebrews about the danger of living our lives with greed in our heart. This warning is very necessary; especially as we observe the days we live in. The scriptures warn us that, “ in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). It is then without a doubt, of much importance to guard oneself of greed, which surely exceeds and extremely abounds in the world we live in. Selfishness, covetousness, and the untamable desire to obtain more have influenced our society in an alarming manner. Not to mention, the great number of believers that have been influenced, to the point of abandoning the ways of the Lord. Some time ago as I studied this topic I came across a symbolic description of how greed is pictured. “Greed is pictured as of old age, scrawny, some times dropsical, with a bruised and pale complexion, busy counting its money or tightly holding a money bag.
It seems as we observe that the brethren in the Epistle to the Hebrews suffered many loses for their firmness in the faith. The Bible teaches us that many of their material belongings were plundered and confiscated due to the Gospel. We see this due to the author bringing it to memory previously, by saying “…and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.” (Hebrews 10:34) What great faith the Hebrew brothers had! They did not loose their faith, but on the contrary we see their faith was strengthened even when they had to abandon the material, to inherit the Spiritual. The things which are long lasting, not perishable. I ask myself, how is that they were able to do this? We see that they did not allow covetousness for material goods separate them from their faith in God.
This morning we must recognize the great danger that exists when there is greed in our lives. It can even become a lifestyle. Observe that the text words it as “Conduct”. In other words, greed can become an integral part of our life. We can sadly get to a place where greed itself can completely dominate or being. Understand that there is no place for greed in our lives because according to the word of God, HE “will never leave us, nor forsake us”. HE promises to always be with us and supply every single one of our needs. Glory to God! There’s no reason to fear, because we must never have an untamable desire for material possessions. We must never allow ourselves to be possessed by possessions! So then, knowing this makes it possible to live satisfied with what we have. Let us pray this morning that the Lord may help us be free from the greed that surrounds us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) 6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV) 8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Philippians 4:11 (NKJV) 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Luke 16:13 (NKJV) 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”