Happy Friday Everyone,
The scripture for today is Hebrews 13:5
Hebrews 13:5 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.
Contentment and covetousness are mutually exclusive; we cannot have both simultaneously. As we follow the directive of scripture to forsake one (covetousness) and embrace the other (contentment), our lives will be in harmony with the will of God. As we take God at His word and trust that at all times He is with us, our outlook changes dramatically. Of course, there are times when we don't feel like He is with us, but feelings have nothing to do with trusting His word. He said He would never leave us, so we stand on what He has promised, not what we feel.
Covetousness is the result of dissatisfaction based on faulty perception. We perceive that others have more than we do when, in reality, no one has more than the child of God. It is a matter of where our values are placed. If we place our values on the things of the world, there will always be those who we perceive to have more or better "things." Our longing for those things is based on the fact that someone else has them, not on any desire that God has put in our hearts. For the child of God, the things of this world hold no sway. We have chosen to follow the directives of Christ to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" and are assured that everything we need will be added to us. The material possessions of others do not influence our lives, for "your life is hid with Christ in God." Colossians 3:3 And, because He is with us, we are content. "Godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6
God bless you as you continue in His service.