“Keep your life free from the 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]
It’s so easy to worry. It’s easy to want more and always wonder if we’ll have enough. From our worries comes a constant desire for more so we can be secure; because as humans, we crave security.
Out of this craving, we often find security in the most temporary of things. The example the writer of Hebrews gives here is money. We find security in money so we crave more of it; we develop a love for it. However, as time goes on, we find that money, like everything else, is fleeting. As described by Solomon in Ecclesiastes, it comes and goes like the wind.
The writer of Hebrews knows this, so he tells us to keep our lives free of the love of money and of other worldly things. He also tells us to be content with what we already have and he tells us this because he knows a secret.
God once said in the Old Testament that He will never leave us or forsake us. So many of us quote that but not many of us believe it. However, the writer of Hebrews truly believes this. He believes it so much that he reiterates the words of David from the Psalms.
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
The author of Hebrews tells us that this is what we can confidentlysay. We don’t have to force ourselves to believe it. We don’t have to have doubts about it. We don’t have to give things up and sort of hope that God will fulfill his promise because God is a God of his word. Therefore, we can be content in what we have and not find our security in things but instead find our security in God.
We worship a God that is not fleeting, but steadfast. We worship a God that does not come and go with the wind but a God who created the wind.
We as humans crave security and we are scared to find it in something we cannot see but we are reminded that we can haveconfidence in what is unseen.
So, you and I must now free our lives from the love of money, possessions, hobbies, and everything else as a means of security and instead have confidence in God’s promise to never leave or forsake us.