Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. – Hebrews 13:5 NLTBecause I believe that God’s word is always true whether I like it or not, I have been digging to better understand the “whys” and “hows” of this command. Follow along for what I have been learning:
Why We Should Be Satisfied
1. It’s an antidote to loving money.If you are struggling with this concept, let me ask you another question: “Do you think it is okay to love money?” I am guessing most of you are saying, “Of course not! We should love God and each other . . . not money!” Read Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) again: “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have.” The problem is this: being content with our current circumstances is directly linked to not loving money. Stated differently, if we are not satisfied with what we have, we evidently have a love for money. But, the good news is this: When we develop a satisfied mindset, we are liberated from loving money. It is the antidote.
2. We will learn to trust God.The full verse reads, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’” – Hebrews 13:5 NLT What a promise! But do we believe it? Do I believe it? Am I willing to transfer my love of money to a trust in God? Great question, and here we are getting to the crux of the issue: being satisfied with what we have requires a deep trust in God. That is a good thing.
3. We will live without fear.The very next verse in this passage reads, “So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’” What do we fear? Losing our jobs? Not getting that next promotion? As long we trust in ourselves or in other people, we are perpetually living on the verge of failure and disappointment. However, if we can learn to trust God, who promises to never fail us or leave us, we have absolutely nothing to fear.
How to Be SatisfiedRemembering that I am writing this to myself as well as to you, here are some bullet point thoughts:
- Be intentional about living with less instead of wanting more.
- When you accumulate more, give more.
- Be thankful for what you already have instead of resenting what you don’t have.
- Know the difference between needs and wants.
- Be satisfied with God’s sufficiency for your needs.
- Distinguish between temporal and eternal. All of our money and possession in this life will pass away. God’s provisions last forever.