“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Heb. 13:5-6
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
I am a goal-oriented person. I like to have something to attain, so this verse was a bit of a struggle for me. Does Heb. 13:5-6 actually mean that I cannot desire anything for myself? I struggled to see where I could possibly find any success in life by following this kind of mind-set.
I believe that the word covetousness is actually referring to an unbalanced obsession with anything. One can have an extreme need for items, titles, people, relationships, praise or attention. The desire for something can consume one to the core and it will make a slave out of anyone who allows it to take control.
Because God created each one of us, He already knows the desires of our hearts. So, when we ask Him to help us trust in Him completely, we are working on getting all our needs met; only we are doing things His way. This is the hard part. A controlling personality will always want to maintain that control.
When a person lets God have control of their lives, a peace will come. God will quell all of the passions for the things that are not right for His children.
To receive an even deeper blessing, try going the extra measure by trusting God SO MUCH that you STOP asking Him for the things He already knows you want. (Now, there is an exercise in self-control!) It takes a lot to NOT ask Him, but when you focus on what you can do for God; you’re really allowing Him to take care of you. I think that is a good trade, don’t you?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Whew. It is hard not to ask you for things! But, you have whispered to my heart that you know my secret desires that I have had since the day I was born. And, you have also told my heart to just be content to humbly serve you. Help me to trust that you will meet all of my needs in your perfect time. Help me to trust that you have my best interest in mind and when I do not get what my heart is set on, help me to patiently wait for the better thing that you have planned for me. Give me an eternal hope in your blessings. Give me a drive to serve you the way I used to serve myself. Thank you for allowing me to be used by you, and give me a new passion and zeal by that revelation everyday that I breathe the air you give me! In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan