One would be hard put to find a person who has not, at one time or another, longed for something another possessed – looks, things, position, or situation. Today we will consider a very special promise found in Hebrews 13:5, 6. "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. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
The word "conversation" means deportment, character, or way of being. Covetousness should have no place in our lives. The tenth commandment is "Thou shalt not covet . . . any thing. . . "
Exodus 20:17. Instead we are to be content. Paul certainly practiced this. He is quoted in
Philippians 4:11 as saying "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Notice what is to be the basis for our contentment. "For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." On the surface this statement doesn't seem to relate to the idea of covetousness, but think it through. When we accept the promise of Jesus' continuous presence, it will meet our every need. He's the Creator of all. With Him we have no need for anything else, nothing to covet. This is a profound truth. If we embrace it fully, not only will we not be longing for other's advantages, but we will also find no need to worry over our supposed disadvantages. If He is ever with me, what is there to worry about? With Him, we lack nothing.
When I accept the fact of His presence, it enables me to face life's challenges with confidence. Nothing and no one can touch me without God's consent, and what He allows, He can use for my growth in Him regardless of how difficult it may seem at the time. "I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
What blessings await us as we learn to grasp by faith such promises.