5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” 6 So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”
One of the incredible blessing afforded to us in our relationship with God through Christ Jesus is the opportunity to be content.
Contentment does not come easily to people. Future worries and concerns are always popping up to steal contentment away. Past griefs and wounds constantly drive us from the rest of contentment. So we must scramble to amass power greater than what we have in order to meet the potential challenges of tomorrow. The best measurement of control, influence, and safety that we have today is money. So many spend their lives in the love of money.
The problem with this path is that we can never amass enough to ensure the future or to heal the past. The writer of the book of Hebrews points us in a different direction. Instead of money, we must look to God. When we do, we are given the ability to be content “in any and all circumstances” (Phil. 4:12).
How is this possible? The answer is that trust frees us from our worries of the future, our guilt from the past, and our insecurities about today. We trust God to be able to handle everything. God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God promises his presence both now and into the future. He will never leave. God promises his connection to us no matter what we have done in the past. He will never forsake.
When we begin to trust God, we realize that nothing should scare us. God is our partner in life. He is able. Because he is able, we need not be afraid. We are freed to be content.
The hinge point to this life of faith is often found in confession. We must admit that our tendency is to love money rather than to trust God. This does not mean that we must hate money, rather that we must guard ourselves from allowing it to usurp the position only God can truly hold in our lives. Begin today by allowing confession to slowly unravel the love of money and build the contentment in trust in God.
Dear Jesus, we confess the ways that we love money. We ask that you would teach us to trust you… to lead us into contentment. Take from us our fear by being close to us. We are grateful that you are our helper in the midst of our need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.