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.”
How’s my heart?
What struck me about this verse is that the writer does not give the antidote for the love of money as “God will provide”. No. Instead he points to the promise of God never to leave or forsake me. My riches are in relationship with Him.
This doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be financial struggles, which at times seem insurmountable.
Rather it is a question of perspective – of having an eternal perspective. My contentment, that ability to keep going in all circumstances, is not based on what I earn or have. It is based on God’s promise to never leave me or forsake me. He will never abandon me, change his mind about me or find me “too hard.” He wants relationship with me.
Loving money can capture my heart. That place that only God should have, that place of honour and worship which can be swamped by my chasing after money. Even my identity, which should be in Him, can be shaped by my love for wealth. It consumes my thoughts, plans and time.
How’s my heart? I need to regularly have a heart “check up.” Will it show I am resting in what I have earnt or in the riches God promises me? What priority does my relationship with him really have in my life?
Dear Lord Jesus, I know sometimes my heart beats for riches, for what I can gain. I am sorry for pushing you aside in that pursuit. Please check my heart and speak to me by your Spirit to give me that eternal perspective again, that you are all I will ever need. And that’s forever. Amen.
Written by Claire Moore