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 13:5-6
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.