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)?
“Be content with such things as you have” is something not necessarily followed anymore. We are a blessed country, yet many people don’t see it this way. Society today says, “I want what you have,” and more people are going into debt, or committing crimes to keep up with this mentality. We see more envy and corruption among young people because they covet what they believe to be the “high life”. Our youth are killing or robbing each other because of the draw of the dollar; more people are falling victim to identity theft; small children in school shun the kids who have less. Why? I believe it’s because they were never taught to be content with what they have. The last couple of generations have increasingly grown up with attitudes of entitlement; feeling the world owes them everything because they didn’t have this or that during childhood. Once they obtain what they want, it’s not enough; they have to have the newer version. It’s a spiraling staircase that leads to nowhere but suffering. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.”
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” We must be content with what we have. Many are out there who truly have nothing and yet they are content because they have their lives, and their family. There are homeless people who desire to remain homeless because God meets their needs. Some of the happiest and most contented people I know are the people who live simple, uncomplicated and Godly lives without the “hurry up, I need it now” attitude. When we are content, not only in mind but also in heart, with what blessings we have right now, God rewards our faithfulness and stewardship.
Let’s Pray. Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us with this day. Thank You for granting us fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink. Because You are Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, we thank You and praise You for Your faithfulness and tender care. We can neither adequately provide for ourselves, nor can we take care of ourselves; we need You to shepherd and lead us. Father, we stand before You today asking for Your forgiveness. We are guilty of covetousness and we pray that You remove from us our pride and envy that causes us to harbor discontent in our hearts. Clean our hearts, O Lord, sweep out the dirt and debris that does not belong there. Lord, teach us how to be content, show us how to fully rely on You and Your provision. Your word tells us that You have knowledge of what we need even before we ask and we pray that we remain humble enough to ask You first. Lord, show us when we are becoming selfish and extravagant in our desires to where we want the glory and discipline us. Remove from us those earthly desires and replace them with Your desires. Show us the difference between want and need. We love You, Father, and we long to please You only. We bow at Your feet in worship and adoration. Our praise is Yours. We give You the honor. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Let’s give thanks to God for the things we have today: for our car, our home, our computer, our cell phone, our home phone, television, running water, hot water, food and ability to cook, for our physical appendages and the things that we can do with our body, etc. Let’s praise Him for providing all of that for us; let us take extremely good care of what we have been given and He will reward our faithfulness. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).
Additional Scriptures: Exodus 20:17; Psalm 119:36; Proverbs 28:16; Matthew 6:25-34
***adapted from my book Today’s Bible Treasure, Simple Christianity Volume 1***