The All-Weather Promise
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
All-weather implies that something is capable to stand up against the different weather and seasonal changes of the year. It is unaffected by rain, moisture, sun, heat, humidity, and wind. This morning, we are considering a precious Bible promise that is applicable for any situation that we face in life. Let us see the all-weather promise.
We see the decided prevention.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness….” Covetousness is a love for money and material gain. It is when a person is possessed in his thinking about self-gain, vainglory, and greedy desires. The tenth commandment expressly forbids coveting: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.” As we start a new year, a good prevention from the corruption that is in the world through lust is to let our deportment and manner of life be dispossessed of covetousness.
We see the disciplined practice.
“...And be content with such things as ye have….” Contentment is when we are completely satisfied with who we are, what we have, and where we are in life. When we are possessed with covetousness, we never feel like we have enough. We are like the daughters of the horse leach that cry out for more. As pilgrims sojourning in this world, the best practice for our life is to be content and satisfied with what we have. It is being able to say with peace that you have enough and, maybe, more than enough. When we are surrendered to being content, we are devoid of looking at what others have and craving their goods.
We see the divine promise.
“...For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” God knows that we have desires and wants. God loves us and wants us to know that we need Him more than we need things. God has given us the unfailing promise that He will never abandon or forsake us. David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” All of God’s servants have declared how God faithfully and lovingly was at their side in all circumstances and situations. "I will never leave thee...." Never means never! It can’t happen, and it won’t happen. "...Nor forsake thee." His presence and His promise are always with us. What great security for us to latch onto in a world filled with uncertainties.
We see the dynamic profession.
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” God’s divine presence in our life should result in us boldly and confidently telling our family, our friends, our church, and the world that the Lord is our Helper. He bends His ear to hear our requests. He is attentive to our heart cry. He allows us to place our burdens on Him. He gives us confidence that in every storm, heatwave, and windstorm, He is there to help us. He not only gives us confidence, but He also gives us courage. We do not have to be afraid of the threats of man. Instead of being intimidated, we can stand with our heads held high and looking our problems in the face. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." God has given us an all-weather promise. You can be free of covetousness, and you can be content. We have His promise that He will never, ever leave us nor forsake us.
Have a confident God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 8-11