This week’s financial devotional verse is Hebrews 13:5-9
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
Fear and the love of money seem to be juxtaposed in these verses, making the reader wonder.
- Free from the love of money: when we love something, we have a passion for it, for in our heart we are drawn to it, tied to it, and can’t live without it. We want more of the things we love, because of how it makes us feel, and sense that more is only better. Some even fear they won’t have enough money to satisfy them.
- Be content with what you have: this is a foreign concept for the American diet of be all you can be, going for the gusto and the constant stream of the latest models coming to market daily, as evidenced by the public’s appetite for the latest and greatest iPhone. When we aren’t content, we fear what life will be like in the void.
- Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you: God indicates that he is enough for us, that his presence in our lives satisfies us more than money or anything that we hope would bring us safety and contentment.
- The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid: Sometimes it is easier to have faith in the things we can see, like money or our careers- tangible things. It is difficult to let go, and walk in faith. I can do so, without being afraid because I know he is my helper.
- What can mere mortals do to me? Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life: Millions of men and women of excellent faith have come before me, they walked the same walk of faith and contentment, and the outcome of their life, either in this life or the next was glorious. That is the evidence and promise I have, and he and his promises don’t change: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
- Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. In the course of life we will encounter wonderfully sounding financial teachings, either in seminars, books or on the internet. We must be careful to stay on the path, not to let fear creep in when things don’t seem to be happening quickly enough, and not carried away by something that makes it sound like there is a better easier way.