Contentment with His provision

Let 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.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Hebrews 13:5-6]

 

There are 2 quotations taken from OT: Joshua 1:5 and Psalm 118:6. There are 4 points to note.

 

God’s provision
It is human nature that we want to have every good thing, whether we can afford it or not, but materialism can never satisfy us. In this verse, we are told in a very direct manner to be contented with what we have, and be without covetousness. This is basically telling us to have an attitude that submits to God’s provision, what God has given us.

 

God’s promise
The sentence containing the first quotation (Joshua 1:5) starts with the words “For He Himself has said” reminds us that God said that personally. Looking at the content of that quoted verse, it reveals a promise from God.

 

God’s presence
The first quotation (Joshua 1:5) is a very encouraging verse because it means God will not abandon us, God will not leave us helpless, and God is with us. We can thus take comfort that His presence will see us through times of trouble.

 

God’s protection
The second quotation (Psalm 118:6) reminds us of God’s protection. We do not know what may come in the days to come but we need not fear as God is our helper.

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