All-encompassing Promise


From Pastor’s Desk: 2-12-17

Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

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As is often the case, the “money” concept of Scripture can be misunderstood. Note that money is not the problem, rather, the love of it.

Why does the verse, within the context, use “love of money” and His promise to “never leave or forsake us” together? Then verse 6 adds what it does.

Could it be telling us that to rely on finances is futile? That whether we experience lack or abundance, we can depend on God, as our inexhaustible source, to provide everything we need?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” The context of that chapter takes into consideration all that is needed in life. Don’t misinterpret it. It is not referring to everything we want, or desire, but to what we need.

Psalm 37:25 is a familiar verse of consolation to those who find themselves in less than prosperous situation (not seen the Righteous forsaken…seed begging for bread). Usually, however, we do not proceed to verse 26, which is says “He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. {ever: Heb. all the day} (KJV), or, “All the day” he is ready to have mercy and to give; his children are a blessing. (BBE)

Adam Clarke’s Commentary says of Verse 26. He is ever merciful and lendeth] “…all the day he is compassionate.” He is confirmed in the habit of godliness: he feels for the distresses of men, and is ready to divide and distribute to all that are in necessity.

Paul, the apostle, said that he had learned to be content with both hard time and good times (my paraphrase). How does one do that without total trust in God’s faithful provision? Testimony after testimony through the years we hear of God providing food for a meal when there was no food in the kitchen. Or money from someone unexpected at exactly the right time for one bill or another?

“Never leave or forsake” is an all-encompassing promise. It means simply that He knows our need, knows the exact time to meet that need, and, as our Ultimate Source, can meet that need when no else can.

Sunset over Mountain Range

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