Strength for Today
November 20
By Frank Eiklor

"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

Here is another lesson on lifestyle that Christians in America need as a reminder of how we ought to live. Most people in the Third World would stare in disbelief if they entered one of our malls. They might cry in horror if they saw what we leave on our plates in restaurants and throw off our plates at home - while they themselves picture loved ones back home fighting over the "banquet fare" gobbled up by our garbage cans. It isn't a sin to have much; but it's wrong to waste much that could be shared. It's not a sin to possess things; but it is sin when things possess us.

What a difference between covetousness and contentment. The covetous can never be content. There's always more to covet. The contented can be satisfied with little or much as long as they are rich in the companionship of God. What are your requirements for "contentment?" Be honest. Are most of them material and physical? Or are you most content when you have more time for God, not things; when you can simplify life by seeing how much you can get rid of to enrich others, not accumulate from others to enrich yourself?

I offer today's verse from the Amplified with a prayer that the Holy Spirit will seal its truth in our hearts: "Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money - including greed, avarice, lust and craving for earthly possessions - and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let you down, (relax My hold on you) - Assuredly not!"

My Prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I make Your companionship my great quest in life. Deliver me from a covetous spirit that would center on the material and temporal rather than on the spiritual and eternal. Help me to share things You give that others might gain; not hoard and want more that can only bring pain."

This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!


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