Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 30:1-31:18 / Hebrews 13:1-25 / Proverbs 27:23-28:6
The world tries to convince us that we do not have enough and we need to have bigger and better things in our lives. A PBS program reported that the average American sees over a million commercials by age 20. Marketers try to cash in on our desire for more. Henry Kissinger said, “To Americans usually tragedy is wanting something very badly and not getting it. Many people have had to learn in their private lives, and nations have had to learn in their historical experience, that perhaps the worst form of tragedy is wanting something badly, getting it, and finding it empty.”
Our passage in Hebrews says, “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.” (Hebrews 13:5) God’s Word instructs us to direct our attention and guide our desires away from the love of money. This Greek word for “Love” is a friendship love, loving money as a dear friend.
The Bible has much to say about the love of money. Paul instructs Timothy that elders and church leadership were to be free from the love of money. Paul also says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith & pierced themselves with many griefs." (1 Tim 6:10)
Our society believes that money is the answer to their problems yet riches are unreliable and fleeting. John D. Rockefeller was asked how much money was enough and he said, “Just a little more than one has.” The truth is found not in riches but being content with what you have.
Being content is “to be satisfied”. It is having an attitude of sufficiency and adequacy. Paul’s testimony of contentment, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in." (Phil. 4:11) Contentment is a byproduct of dependency upon Christ. Paul looked to God to meet His need, not man or the world. He was satisfied with whatever God graciously gave him.
When we learn to find our satisfaction in God rather than the world, we will be content. When God is more important, desirable and treasured than all the gold, wealth and riches of the world, contentment will be discovered. Contentment brings a calm disposition to our minds and a peaceful assurance in our hearts. We bear His yoke…He bears our fears and anxiousness.
We can be content and satisfied because God promises to never leave or forsake us. When the world walks out, Jesus will still be there. He is not only present but He desires to meet all of your needs and fill you to complete satisfaction. Make Him the object of your love and desire…He will be your everlasting satisfaction.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!