Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
This passage is talking about the love of money. It is not a surface love of money. It is a deeper root of loving money; it comes from your core deep inside you. This type of love is a destroyer of life, and the devil will do anything he can to put you in that state of mind.
If your interested in the Greek; G866, aphilarguros
To show covetousness is to desire more, more money, more things, better things, bigger house, better car. You get my drift.
I have always been a low-income earner. The most I have earned in one year was $50, 000. That was not for too long either. I used to get angry at people who had, I will say, an easier life, whereas I felt I had to really work hard of getting the money I earned. I used to try the quick get rich schemes, such as party plans that promised good money. No matter what I did I was never content. I also gave to my local church more than 10% and I still struggled.
I now know it was my attitude towards money. I had a coveting attitude. Because I had a coveting attitude how was God to bless me. I could not be trusted with more.
At one point, I lost everything, I mean everything except for some clothes. This was due to other areas of sin and brokenness. For that, I paid a huge price in which I became homeless. The first night I slept in my car, which I lost not long after that night, I cried out to God. I had no options; continue to live a life of destruction, or start the road of righteousness. It was this very scripture that God showed me. It was through this process God taught me to be content. The words God said to me was, “if you have nothing or a million dollars, I will show you how to be content”.
I knew right then God was with me. No matter what I have or where I am living, God will not leave me or forsake me. He will meet every need that I have as I continue to honour and uphold Him.
Where are you at today? Are you asking God for more stuff or blaming God regarding your financial status? Do you covet your friend’s house or belongings? Or the life they live. If you are, in my experience, you will never be content.
To be content it is important to let go of everything you own and earn and be continually willing to let it go, give it all away, in other words; hold all you have loosely.
God wants you to be free and the first step is asking God for forgiveness for holding anything higher than God.
Remember that God loves you and He is on your side.