Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
The writer of Hebrews tells us we should be content with what we have.
He says this will keep our lives free from the love of money, which is the root of all sorts of evil and brings multitudes of miseries into people’s lives: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Contentment helps us escape this powerful temptation: “Keep your life free from love of money and be content with what you have. But how can we be content with what we have if we don’t have much?
Here’s the secret of contentment: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We don’t need money or possessions to satisfy us because we will always have Jesus, the fountain of life and beauty and joy and satisfaction. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us.
Here is how to find contentment – by praying, “Jesus, satisfy me with your love in the morning. Jesus, whom have I in heaven besides you and on earth there is nothing I desire besides you. You are my portion. You are my treasure. You are my inheritance.”
We should not only look to Jesus for contentment, but for all our needs and fears. That’s why the writer of Hebrews goes on: “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
Not only will Jesus never leave us nor forsake us, but he is our Helper. We need not fear anything – the future, enemies, nothing. What can man do to me? The Lord – the King of kings who is sovereign over all things, the Creator of the universe, the One who sustains all things – is my personal Helper.
In other words, all we need is Jesus! Turn to him. Ask him for contentment. Ask him to deliver you from fear of man. Jesus is our escape from the snares of money love and fear.
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Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter.
Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.