Saturday, October 8, 2016
Contentment vs. Covetousness
“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.” Hebrews 13:5
The Bible talks a lot about contentment versus covetousness because there is a tendency for people to never be satisfied. We really need very little in this world, and we can avoid temptation by living a simpler life and not getting caught up in materialism.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 2 Timothy 3:1-2
Seeing covetousness on that list reminds us of what a serious sin covetousness is. If we spend time with covetous people, we will start feeling competitive about material things. We should not be like the world where we exalt the rich and look down on the poor. The Bible teaches that God hates pride and that we shouldn’t even want to be rich.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10
When you buy lottery tickets or get involved in get-rich-quick schemes, you are ignoring God’s Word. God often keeps us lean financially because he knows what is best for us. We are happier when we have just what we need in life.
“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:” Proverbs 30:8
We can avoid a lot of problems by not coveting after material wealth. Learn to be grateful for what God has given you: your health, a warm bed, food, shelter, and the opportunity to lay up treasures in heaven. Stop worrying about impressing other people, and just be thankful for the Lord’s provision.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11
Here is a sermon: Not Satisfied With Abundance.