Hebrews 13; Exodus 18:1-19:25; Proverbs 8
How much money do I need? It appears that I fit in well with most Americans on that score. The average American needs, “Just a little more.” So often it seems that our goals in life deal with money and how much we need. We want stuff. To get all the stuff we want, we need “just a little bit more.” I am convicted when I read verses like I read today. “Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, He has said, ‘I will never leave you or abandon you.’” (Hebrews 13:5) Oh, if only I would be content with what I have! When I am discontent I do foolish things seeking to gain more money to buy more stuff. And it seems that here in America, I am not alone in wanting more stuff. That seems to be a major part of the American dream. We have so much abundance here, but we never have enough. The message of God to Americans is very simple: “Be content with what you have.” What more could we want than a good relationship with God? He has made that possible through Jesus Christ. Jesus forgave our sins and paved the way for a restored relationship with God. If only our discontent would be focused on drawing closer to God; if only our desires were to include developing a stronger relationship with God.
Lord, help me to be content. Remind me that there is nothing greater than the relationship I have with You through Jesus Christ. Let me live counter to a culture that glorifies “stuff acquisition” and be an example of contentment with You.