“Let your [conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”Hebrews 13:5
I recently went to a friend’s house, and I thought I was pulling up to the Taj Mahal. He was hosting a group of guys at his house to watch a football game, and I had never been to his house. The house was beautiful and the other guys there had some really nice trucks that were parked strategically in the driveway. I pulled up in my reliable, comfortable car, and I felt like a mule at the Kentucky Derby.
We had a great time watching the game, and we enjoyed some quality fellowship. On the way home from the game, Nate and I discussed how nice the house was. We spoke of the particular things we liked and the delicious food we enjoyed. I told him we have to be careful because it is easy to covet after things and not be grateful for the things God has already given us. We often look at new cars (trucks), clothes, and fancy houses, and if we are not careful, start to covet after them.
We look at what we do not have, instead of looking at the most important things we already do have. I used to have a nice truck that was totaled due to an auto accident, so I have quite a fondness for trucks. The thing about my truck is that it never brought me true joy and it proved to be quite temporary. I enjoyed the time I had with it, but I realized it was not satisfying or fulfilling.
The promise given in this verse is one I will always cherish. It brings satisfaction, security and fulfillment in knowing that God will never leave me. I can mess up a million times, but I can’t mess up the promise of Him never forsaking me. Peter betrayed Jesus, but yet Jesus sought after Peter when He was resurrected. He held no grudge but He desired restoration. We often forget what we have in our Savior, and in times of great trial and adversity, He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is all we need in this life and in the life to come, and anything else we could obtain in this life pales in comparison.
Do you cherish the things of this world more than the riches of God? Do you desire things more than you desire God? Do you realize the friend you have in Him? Have you come to know of His goodness and the peace that comes from walking side by side with Him? May we not covet after the temporal things in life but may we be filled with His presence. I Timothy 6:6 states, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Contentment only comes through Him and may we always remember that “He will never leave us, nor forsake us.” Amen!