Hebrews 13:5 – 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.
The word “content” means that there is no desire in our hearts to want more than what we already have. Philosophers depict contentment as a rich man who feels satisfied with the little things he has. People who are content will never fall into temptations.
God reminds us in Hebrews 13:5 so that our conduct be without covetousness. Instead, we should feel content with what we have. God knows that when we’re not satisfied with the little things we already have; we’ll never be satisfied with bigger things because deep inside we try to have even more and more. Someone will do anything when discontentment creeps in, including chasing after money, to feel satisfied. Those who are content will never feel in lack, and vice versa.
As children of God, we should always be content with what God has given to us. Don’t compare ourselves to other people or entertain the thought of wanting what others have. Comparison triggers discontentment in our hearts. When that happens, we start finding ways to fill in the dissatisfaction. This is a dangerous approach as we may become slaves to our fleshly desires.
Discontentment hinders us to see God’s blessings in our lives. It becomes difficult for us to be grateful as we see life from a negative perspective. Discontentment is about a heart condition. When our hearts are full of negative thoughts, dissatisfaction will come. On the other hand, when our hearts are full of positive thoughts, we don’t focus on what’s lacking but are able to see good in everything.
Life is not easy, including for children of God. However, the way we live our lives depends on how we value ourselves and this life. Know that we’re God’s amazing creations; don’t compare ourselves with other people. God has already prepared the blessings that we need so we don’t have to nag about what’s not for us.
Enjoy this life and always be grateful. Remind yourself of God’s goodness every day and ask God to fill your heart with thanksgiving and contentment. God bless you.
Source: hs/ Publishing Team, IBC Church