Free and content — in His promises.

Yesterday I re-read the last chapter in the letter to the Hebrews. Here’s a command that won’t let go of my mind:

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Hebrews 13:5

The things we love captivate us. It takes wisdom and diligence to keep those things from capturing our affections in ways they were not meant to. How many of us have possessions that in actuality possess us? (Searching my own heart here.) The path to true joy is to repent of trusting in these things and turn to God who supplies all our needs. Repentance is more than a one-time act; we get to trade one short-lived pleasure for a greater one, for when we repent, we turn from one thing to the One who is much greater, more pleasureful, and longer lasting.

When we are content with what we have, we say to God in effect, “You are enough!

As this Scripture reminds us, God’s promise of His presence with us will sustain us through any circumstance. Being with Him is the great promise of eternal life, which for we who trust in Christ has already begun.

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