I’m taking this directly from biblestudytools.com. My comments will be the non-italicized portions.
God’s Word brings us a comforting promise, along with an insightful command as we face a new year: “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, I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
I love this group of verses. It’s a reminder to be content with what we have, not to want what others have. When we want and covet, we become unhappy with what we have, and it quickly can make us quite unhappy in general. Now, we’re human, and it’s natural for us to want and to want what we don’t have. It’s overcoming that want that is what we need to do.
We can live this coming year without fear if we apply these four incredibly wonderful truths to our lives and root them deep into our hearts.
The Contentment of His Provision
Contentment is not getting what you want, but it is wanting what you already have. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “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 therewith be content.” If you know Jesus Christ, you have contentment. If you’ve got clothes on your back, something to eat, and Jesus Christ in your heart, you’re rich!
Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of someone we love are not going to be met. Or we fear that the things we think are meeting our needs are going to be taken away from us. The deepest need of your heart can only be met in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I already touched on this above. Being content is what it is all about. He is always faithful and always provides. My husband says about the house we built and then lost to the bank, that that was the house R built, and this is the house God provided, regarding the house we now live in. Yes, we feared what would happen when we were losing the house, but we had faith that He would provide, and he did. He provided a much more usable parcel for us. We’ve been blessed.
The Companionship of His Presence
I don’t know what I’m going to face next year. But there’s one thing I know, He will never leave me. Are you a child of God? He will never leave you either. Isn’t that wonderful!
What’s another reason we may fear in the coming year? Because we’re afraid we’re going to have to face something we don’t understand, and we’re going to have to face it alone.
When God’s Word promises that God will never forsake you, it literally means that He will never abandon you. He will not give up on you. We need to practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. When the devil comes and knocks at you heart’s door, you can simply say, “Jesus, please go answer the door.”
At work, we are constantly dealing with change. And all of it is out of our hands, meaning my teams hands. We have no control on what is going to happen. But I can tell you that He has been faithful and helped me, at least, work through it and do pretty darn well. It’s because of Him, that I still have my job and do it well. He gave me the ability and motivation to keep going. I thank God for this.
The Confidence of His Promise
We’re going to zero in on a little phrase in our verses in Hebrews, “He hath said.” A promise is no better than the one who makes it. Who says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”? It is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. This is the confidence of His promise.
In the coming year, when you say, “God, I just don’t have the strength.” The omnipotent God will answer, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” When you say, “God, I’m afraid of what is going to happen.” The omnipresent God says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” And when you say, “God, I don’t know what to do.” The omniscient God will respond, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” He himself hath said it.
This will be one of the most important things for me to remember this coming year. My husband has suffered from a migraine for 19 weeks now. No break from the pain. There is no reason that can be seen for the migraine, but wow, it’s put more on me than I can really do. I’m still having to do my chores and taking care of the elderly lady that lives on our property, but now I’m doing more of the taking care of the livestock and animals, more of the housecleaning and laundry, more meals. You see, I’m blessed to have a husband that does most of the cooking, laundry, and cleaning. He was a stay-at-home-dad for the 3 years. So, now, me taking on more of it has been difficult. Now, before I turn into a completely whiny brat, you have to understand that I’m still dealing with my health issues. I stand at the sink for 5-10 minutes and I hurt so bad that I can hardly breath. My foot tingles to a point that it hurts to have anything touch it, including my socks and shoes. Being on my feet too much makes my foot feel heavy to a point that I can barely walk with it. Cleaning up causes my pain level to go up. So, yeah, I do what I can, but I need to remember that God will never leave me, nor foresake me. He is there for me and I need to remember to trust in Him.
The Comfort of His Protection
Hebrews 13:6 promises, “So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Now, put that with verse 5, which says, “He hath said.”
Like I said earlier, I don’t know what you’re going to go through this coming year. But I know you can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not fear what man shall do to me.” When you find your contentment, companionship, and confidence in Jesus. Then, you’ll find your comfort and courage in Jesus.
And really, our contentment really is our comfort. I am thankful that God sent His son to pay my debt. I can never thank him enough for all that he has given me and I can’t even pretend to do so.
Thank you, God, for all the blessings you have given me, from my life to my job, from my family to my friends, and yes, my health, or lack of it, is a blessing.