We often think of the above promise in general terms and we apply it to all areas of our lives. Yet the text in Hebrews 13:5-6 is dealing with financial difficulties.
Three areas of financial concerns are evident here. Focus identifies where your trust is, thus the term “love of money.” The practical issue of Contentment brings order to our lives. Finally, Trust is the foundational matter when it pertains to God’s providence for our sustenance. Fear is dissipated and replaced with confidence when we know that God is with us.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money.” This sentence focuses on the heart issue of where we put our trust. What we focus on is what we love. That’s where our hearts are drawn to.
So this phrase is a negative command. We are clearly instructed to keep away from loving money. Thus we are to turn our focus away from money and put it on God who is able to truly care for us.
“Be satisfied with what you have.” Although this statement seems to be quite simple, and maybe simplistic, it points to an internal matter of contentment.
Being content requires a great struggle against feelings of inadequacy and want. It also grinds against the need to “cover” the losses we have faced in life with things that feel like an adequate substitute.
“For God has said ‘I will never leave you; I will never abandon you. Let us be bold, then, and say, ‘the Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” In the context of money and contentment, God says these words of comfort and strength.
Thus we have a place to put our trust when we struggle with finances. Focus on God, be content with what we have, and trust God.
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