Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “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.”
Contentment is a hard thing to find. In fact I’m sure some would say true contentment doesn’t really exist. There is no denying that we spend most of our lives trying to get more, be more, and experience more. I think that if we are really honest with ourselves, one of our worst fears is missing out on the “good life.” What is this emptiness we are all trying to fill?
Everyone feels the emptiness of life one time or another. You can hear it on every radio station. Some of the greatest songs that have ever been written have focused on the emptiness of life. Allow me to give three examples from three of my favorite songs. Simon and Garfunkel sang, “Kathy I’m lost I said, though I knew she was sleeping. I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.” Neil Diamond sang, “I’ve got an emptiness deep inside and I’ve tried but it won’t let me go.” Don Mclean sang, “And the three men I admired most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, they caught the last train for the coast.”
What’s the common thread there? A gnawing emptiness. There is no doubt, without God a man is empty and he knows it.
What makes this problem even worse is that just when you think you have found that new something that will really fill you up, it fades away. Sometimes it lasts a while, but eventually it fades. Nothing seems to satisfy forever. The new gadget breaks, the new spouse gets on your nerves, the new clothing goes out of style, on and on it goes.
So is there an answer for this emptiness? Is there any real satisfaction that doesn’t fade away? Is there anything at the end of the rainbow? Yes! Jesus Christ is the pot of gold. He brings us to God through His Sacrifice for us on the Cross. He redeems us. He restores us. He brings us home. He fills us up.
In the verses above, the word translated “conversation” in the King James Version refers to our “way of life.” So in these verses the Apostle calls on his audience to forsake a life of covetousness (always seeking something new to satisfy us) and to embrace a life of contentment (resting in what God has provided). That’s no easy task!
Thankfully the Apostle doesn’t just give an empty commandment. He doesn’t say “Ok, grit your teeth and get to it. Be content!” Rather, the Apostle explains that as Christians we have a wealth to draw from that frees us to forsake the rat race and embrace contentment.
What is the wealth from which we have to draw as Christians? God Himself! The Apostle says we are to be content in life BECAUSE God has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
It’s important to understand that Jesus didn’t just die to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin in order to remove the barrier that stood between us and His Father. Because of what Jesus did we are now able to be in a relationship with God.
This relationship with God that is based on Jesus Christ is all that we could ever want or need because it is the very thing we were made for! We are able to be content and give up covetousness when we realize all that God is for us in Jesus Christ. We can stop eating and drinking the world when we eat and drink ourselves full of God.
God doesn’t tell us to give up our cravings, desires, and wishes. He tells us to find the reality of all we could ever want or desire in Him! We were created by God for God. We are never content until we know this to be true. Until we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and enter into a relationship with the God who created us we will always be empty.
I wonder about you? God wants to satisfy you with Himself. Will you receive His infinite fullness?
John 1:16 “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”