Hebrews 13:5-6 – “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.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” NKJV
In my years of ministry and life, I have learned that without contentment, a person lives in an unending miserable state. Covetousness is a vicious companion, as are Envy and Greed. No wonder the apostle Paul told us that he had learned to be “content in the state he found himself.” He knew how to abound, and he knew how to be abased. His confidence was not in Things but in GOD, which is where ours should be. If we focus on What We Do Not Have rather than who We Have, we will live lives filled with “What If Moments” and be continually dissatisfied with virtually every aspect of our lives.
In the above passage, I see that courage is one of the by-products of contentment. There is courage for life, facing obstacles, ministry, and attempting the difficult and even impossible. It provides the foundation by which we can rise to the heights that God has designed and desired for our lives.
We move from the condition of victim to the place of victor because of the statement in verse six: “THE LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” You will come to the condition and position that your life is “hidden with Christ in God,” and nothing or no one can touch your eternal spirit. Oh, they may inflict wounds on your body, and if you allow them on your emotions but your eternal spirit cannot be touched, it is in God’s Hands, safe and secure.
I no longer worry about those things that I can do nothing about. I work to change my circumstances when they are contrary to what I believe God would have them, but I do not fret over the present or live in the past. I keep my eyes firmly fixed on the Ultimate Goal and Objective. I press toward the mark of the prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus. I realize that whatever state I am in is temporary and that My God will supply all my needs according to His Riches in Glory. He will grant me the wisdom to know what to do, the ability to accomplish the task, and the provisions to sustain me in times of plenty or lean.
So, as you go through your day, go with God allowing the Holy Spirit to bring a spirit and sense of contentment, not complacency, into your hearts. As you do, you will quickly rise above the circumstances and stand victorious in mind, body, and spirit.
May God be with you as you go through your day!