I’ve gotta admit, having money makes life easier. It makes it easier to deal with serious health problems, as we can afford more expensive types of treatments. It allows us to have better cars or homes when our old ones are breaking down. And of course, it not only makes life easier, it can make life more comfortable and enjoyable as well.
But I suppose the question we need to ask ourselves is, “What do we love?”
And just as importantly, “What do we put our trust in?”
Those are the questions, the writer of Hebrews poses to us. He says,
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 man do to me?” (5-6)
What do we love? Money, and the things that money can buy? These things pass away. They can buy happiness for a short time, but eventually we tire of them, or they grow old and break, and discontent stirs in our hearts again. And there are many people in this world who go through this endless cycle of discontent, never finding true happiness.
On the contrary, many people actually wreck their lives out of their love for money and things. They go bankrupt, they destroy their marriages and families, they wreck their health, all for the love of money and pleasure.
And so God says, “Keep your life from the love of money and be content with what you have. Stop pursuing these things. You will never find contentment from these things. You can only find contentment in a relationship with me. I will never leave you nor forsake you. All that you need to make you happy and content you can find in me.”
Who or what do we trust to solve our problems? Again, it is so easy to put our trust in money. Money can solve a lot of our problems. But it can’t solve all of them. And in some cases, it can actually make things worse. But when we turn to God, we find the one who can uphold us in all circumstances. More, he will not abandon us in the hard times.
And because of that, we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”
How about you? Who or what do you love? And who or what do you put your trust in?