May 9, 2020

Life of Contentment. - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the  book of  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.”

From the above context we learn that Apostle Paul is counselling the people of the Hebrew church about their conduct. He tells them how they ought to be, in order that they will not be forsaken by God. And through this message the Lord is warning you too. God wants you to be careful in life , regarding the things of this world. God expects that each one of you should not be over anxious for worldly things. Desire for riches causes one to involve in many wrongful activities. Your love of money shows that you are more interested, in the things of this world, rather than your eternal life, with God. 

In laying up treasures for a man’s own self, without being in any way useful to others and not making use of the talents given to you, for the glory of God, is sin. This is a very great evil, it is called idolatry and it is said to be the root of all evil. In those days the Jews were prone to this sin of covetousness. Therefore Paul had to admonish them. He wanted the believers in the Hebrew churches to keep away from covetousness.   Instead   he   wanted them to  show, brotherly love, hospitality, and to help in relieving people in bonds and adversity. And be content with such things as you have. 

God desires that you remain content with the present things. And such contentment with these things, shows thankfulness, for the mercy of God, and your submission to the will  and providence  of God. For God hath Himself said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”When Moses was handing over the charge, of his people, to his successor, Joshua, He said, to Joshua, “ Be strong and of good courage. God will not fail you neither forsake you.   Paul in his Epistle, to the Hebrews, refers to the  same statement, and assures the people that in whatever circumstances they go through  God will never leave them or forsake them. 

Today man is not content with what God has provided him. He is not content with his job. He thinks he could have got a better job.  Then he is not content with his salary. So he starts a side business. He can neither attend his job nor concentrate on his business. One fine day,  he is found on the  street with a huge loan to his account.  He is not satisfied with his life partner. Neither is he content with his children whom God has blessed him with. He compares his wife and children with others.  He is not satisfied with his honest and faithful servants. This is the common and low attitude of man as such. But God is displeased with this type of people. 

There is a saying that “Money does many things.”This is true. But the Bible says, “The love of money is the root cause of all evil.” Money is essential,  but money shouldn’t become your life itself.” Often we hear of incidents where children kill their own parents for the sake of property or wealth. Some men desert their own wife and children for the sake of money. Love of money is harmful, rather dangerous too.  Today you need to repent of all your wrong doings.   Ask   God to forgive you and help you to live a life of contentment.  Thank God for your good wife, your good children, your friends, your job, your salary whatever God has blessed you with. Be always grateful to God and pleasable in God’s sight,   and learn to  live a life of contentment rather than crying over the things that you don’t have  or expect to have. Praise the Lord who considers you in your lowly state. Then God will never leave you or forsake you.  God bless you. 

Prayer:  Our   loving   heavenly   Father, we   thank   You  for this blessed day.  Dear Lord  we  thank You for teaching us through this message that  we need to  be content with what we have .  And not be covetous. Never to compare our  wife  or  children with others. Help us to be thankful with what God has given us.  We also thank you for assuring us that you will neither leave us nor forsake. May we learn that contentment with Godliness is great gain. 

In Jesus name we pray. 


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