God’s Stimulus Plan: Part 2

  • Read Hebrews 13:1-7 here.
  • If you missed Sunday’s sermon (14 June) you can listen to it here.

As we continue this series on “God’s Stimulus Plan” my attention was drawn to a verse from Hebrews.  I’ve heard this verse quoted a lot, but not always in its context.  God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” so we can say with confidence “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:5-62009 Gods Stimulus Plan 01

This verse might be quoted to child being bullied at school, or to a woman who’s just discovered her husband’s having an affair.  Someone might remind a youth group leaving on an overnight hike of this verse, or elders making a difficult decision for the church could find comfort in these words.

However in Hebrews these words follow the instruction that Christians are not to love money, but rather are to live lives of contentment.  Perhaps we underestimate the difficulty inherent in trying to live contentedly.  These wonderful words of reassurance from God are quoted by the author of Hebrews in encouraging us to develop an attitude of contentment.  I would paraphrase the verses this way,

“Be content. Steer clear of loving money.  Don’t worry or be afraid, you can do this.  God’s always with you. He’ll help you because his healing is greater than any hurt another person can give you.”

I am convinced that if more people around the world had an attitude of contentment we’d never experience an economic recession.  Of course, some manufacturers would go out of business because people wouldn’t be buying as much, but I believe we would have a healthier society overall.

Does it surprise you to find this reassurance used in this context?  Why do you think we have such difficulty living lives of contentment? Have you found that being a Christian makes contentment easier? Please leave a comment I’d love to see your thoughts.

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2 comments

  1. Monika

    Peter,

    God said “never will I leave you or forsake you”. The world can be a lonely place and Jesus charged us to go “two by two”. . . 2-3 strands connected are less likely to break under strain than a single cord.

    All throughout the world we have built “2X2” relationships. . . Husband/Wife, AA and/or NA (participant and sponsor lean on each other), Children learn the “buddy system” (never walk home alone after school).

    The awesome concept of the LRCC Financial Counseling Ministry is that we have don’t have to make financial decisions alone. Individuals are available to support and provide advice during difficult times or just be available to talk about what your thinking about doing in the future – just like a “spouse/helpmate” or a trusted friend.

  2. ozziepete

    Thanks for your comments Monika. The principle of partnership is common in Scripture. In Luke 10 Jesus sent out the 72 in pairs. Similarly, in Acts Paul always traveled with companions.

    In our spiritual walk our friends help us keep our priorities straight. We all face the temptation of materialism and other friends can help call us back to Godly contentment. A financial counselor can serve a similar benefit.

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