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Be Satisfied

Be Satisfied

16 July 2009

Scripture:

5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. (Hebrews 13:5, 14 NLT)

Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:6-10 that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil and that Christ-followers who get caught up in the love of money and material things often shipwreck their faith.

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Don’t love money. Be satisfied with what you have.” Is “not loving money” the key to being satisfied with what I have or is “being satisfied with what I have” the key to not loving money? Or is there a key?

It’s not easy to be satisfied with what you have. New technology (Might Upgrades become our Downfall?), greater comfort, better convenience, higher status, need for security all assault our eyes and ears and mind and heart with dissatisfaction. Sometimes it’s like a low-grade fever and sometimes it’s like a driving, passionate sense of need. But it’s there. What do I do about it?

I will remember that God is my source and that today he knows what I need and will provide it. I will resist the passionate drive to go get the new thing that someone else has. I will wait until the fever passes. I will not buy things on impulse. I will not incur debt to acquire depreciating items. I will thank God daily for his gracious provision and I will remember that this world is not my permanent home.

For additional encouragement read: Matthew 6:25-34 and 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Prayer:

Father, this morning I thank you for my wife and my family and my dog Buddy. I thank you for friends. I thank you for a comfortable home I thought I would never have. I thank you for food and clothing and transportation. I thank you for daily purpose for living. Please help me to live today with an inner satisfaction with the things I have. Amen.

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