By: Tony Mancina
What if I told you that complete contentment in life is the overflow of simply knowing you’re not alone?
Listen to this.
One of the greatest partnerships we have is with the Holy Spirit which empowers the management of our lives. This includes managing our internal world of desire, need, and contentment. Discontentment and covetousness are some of the enemy’s greatest tools of distraction and it’s rooted in the idea that I’m separated from God. It is the fruit of the spirit that allows us to gain control of unhealthy appetites that would want to rule our behavior. We need the Holy Spirit in conjunction with God’s Word, that brings inspiration and revelation for us to live in self control. In this, we can experience the true freedom and liberty that is encapsulated within it. As we actively engage ourselves with this unique partnership we have with the Holy Spirit, it leads us into confidently realizing that He will never leave us or forsake us.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we should not live our lives out of a state of “wantonness”; focused on what we don’t have while looking at others and desiring what they have.
“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.” ~Hebrews 13:5
The solution is to believe you’re not alone. Living contently or being content is not denying the desire for more, but an unwillingness to let lack, or my present condition, rob me of joy and define my partnership with Him. Let’s take a look at the later portion of Hebrews 13:5 from the Amplified Version, where we can really get a comprehensive understanding of what the writer was communicating in Jesus’ promise to us.
“Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or RELAX MY hold on you [assuredly not]!”
The greek words that translate into english as “never and nor” convey an absolute. As reiterated in the AMP, it includes: never under any circumstance, no way, never ever, and I will not. That’s good news! So be encouraged today and rest in this truth. This strong wording to the end of this scriptures lets us know that contentment which is the key to overcoming covetousness is possible through the realization that I have a partnership with Him that He will never let go of.
He’s never gonna let you down!