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 (Hebrews 13:5-6).
When it comes to having, have you ever asked the question, “How much is enough?” Many people seem to never figure this out. It leads them to covet more and more. Greed takes over and eventually turns them into people they had no intention of becoming.
There is an answer to this question, but it isn’t found in the world’s “stuff.” It is simply knowing that the God of all creation is in our lives. His presence brings with it a contentment this world cannot match. Today, we need to tell ourselves- “We can be content since we know…”
Since we know the Lord is with us, we can be content. Proverbs 15:16 says, “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” This means we are better off with less stuff and more reverence for God. The Apostle Paul summed it up well when he wrote, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” We would do well to have the mindset of Paul concerning contentment.
Since we know the Lord is with us, we have help. God always has our best interest in mind. The following verses reflect the comfort we should feel because of this fact:
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him (Psalm 28:7).
Since we know the Lord is with us, we don’t have to fear. The Psalmist spoke of confidence in God- even when outnumbered:
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about (Psalm 3:6).
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident (Psalm 27:3).
Michael W. Smith recorded the song “Surrounded.” One line says, “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You.” How encouraging it is to know that God surrounds us in all situations at all times.
Since we know the Lord is with us, the pressure is off. We can rest in Him knowing that He is ever present. Let us close this devotional with the following verse:
When thou layest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet (Proverbs 3:24).
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.