There are, within God's Word, certain passages which are truly profound yet incredibly simple. One of those sections is found in Hebrews 13:5, 6:
'Â€Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
I have always found it interesting that the idea of being content with what you have (not being covetous) is linked with the promise of God that He will never leave or forsake us. Is it a coincidence that these two things are together?
Actually, the phrase Â€Âœfor He hath said'Â€ is like a parenthesis. The actual statement links the exhortation to not be covetous with the ability to boldly proclaim; 'Â€The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.' In other words; our ability to boldly claim God's protection and help is directly aligned with our decision to not allow covetousness into our lives.
What is covetousness anyway? Without getting all technical, to covet means to have a strong desire for something that doesn't belong to you. It was, as we know, one of the ten commandments God gave Moses. Very simply, God said; You shall not covetand then goes on to list various things we could find ourselves desiring.
God exhorts us to be content with what we have and stop wasting our time and energy figuring out ways to get all the things we think we need or want. Covetousness is an ugly monster which drives people to do wicked things. Covetousness, lust and greed all go hand in hand and constitute a very unholy trinity of dangerous thinking and living.
It is very significant that we must make the effort to not allow covetousness to show up in our lives. The first word of Hebrews 13:5 was 'Â€ÂœLET'Â€ which means you have to do something. The only way to be content with such things as we have is to remember that God will never leave us nor forsake us. If we cling to that promise, we can muster the faith needed to keep covetousness out of our thinking and lives.
I don't know about you, but I want to be able to BOLDLY say to any and all I meet that the Lord is my helper and that I am not afraid of what man can do to me. So, when the people come along and say if you don't participate in this program or that group you will fail, go to jail or be shot; I want to be able to respond with all boldness and confidence that the Lord is my helper and He will never leave me alone.
But, if one's life is full of crazed desires for more and more, especially when it belongs to someone else; there will be no boldness to claim the Lord's protection or providence. For those whose only desire in life is to have it allÂ€, including what is yours, they may get it now, but will spend an eternity paying for it. Now that is one long repayment plan.
This makes me think of two children in John Bunyan's classic allegory "The Pilgrim's Progress". The two children were appropriately named Patience and Passion. Both had been told the governor wanted them to wait until the beginning of the next year so they could have his best things. Patience was willing to wait but Passion was insistent upon it now.
Finally, in order to pacify Passion, he is given the treasure of this world. He rejoices in it and even goes so far as to mock Patience but soon it is all spent and ruined. Meanwhile Patience continued to wait for that which could never be destroyed!
May we always remember that the very BEST is yet to be and be willing to do things God's way... in His time!