Learning to be content

This Bible verse I read today is about learning to be content.
Hebrews 13:5-6  -“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.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”” 

The verse should resonate with each of you as you read it. God is telling you to not seek after money and to learn to be content with what you have. He is telling you that He will provide for your needs. Does this mean that you should quit your job or quit looking for a job and expect Manna to drop from heaven to sustain you? Of course not. Look at the following verses:

Proverbs 6:6‐8 – “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.” Proverbs 13:4 – “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” 1 Timothy 5:8 – “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

God does not want you to stop working. He does not want your to forget about your family’s well-being. God does not want you focus to be on loving money. He wants your focus to be on Him. In 1 Timothy 6:10, God tells us, “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.” You see it is loving money  more than God and trusting on money rather trusting in Him that is the issue. Being content means loving God in all kinds of situations. Trials and tribulations will come to you, just because you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior does not mean you are exempt from trials and tribulations. These can be financial, physical, or emotional. However, during them we must keep our focus on God and ask Him to carry us through them.

God has given us wisdom in His Word, the Holy Bible. Look at Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” You see God does not want you to put your trust in yourself. When you start trusting Him and seeking Him, you will learn to be content.
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