Together in Christ: 'The Investment that Will Never Fail You' — Hebrews 13:5-6

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you." So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?"

— Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT

Key Thought

We live in a time of economic volatility and financial fear. Inflation, recession, housing bubbles, and bankruptcy are words we know all too well in our physical and fiscal worlds. The Scriptures teach many truths about our physical and financial needs; here are a few important ones:

  • I should be satisfied with what I have.
  • I must not covet the things others have.
  • While reasonable planning is necessary, I should quit worrying about tomorrow's problems and financial needs.
  • I can trust God to handle my physical and fiscal needs.
  • I should be generous with others in need.

These are God-honoring behaviors and attitudes, [1] so, how do we truly learn to "be satisfied with what [we] have" and not crave more?

The Holy Spirit answers that we can trust God and His promise never to fail or abandon us! [2] This trust is fundamental for each of us to have confidence in this life. The Lord is our Helper, our Shepherd, Who loves us with an unquenchable and abiding love! [3] If our lives are secure with Christ in God, we realize that other people can only take "temporary stuff" from us in our earthly lives. They cannot ruin, destroy, or kill us eternally. [4] Because we are joined with Christ, we can be sure we will share in Jesus' coming glory! [5]

Our relationship with God and our future in Christ are certain. We do not need to fear the loss of temporary "stuff" when God has assured us of true life with Jesus. Our future is bound for up with Jesus and His glorious return for us! [6]

[1] Matthew 6:9-33; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; 1 John 2:15-17; Luke 14:28-29.
[2] Romans 8:32-39; Psalm 37:25-29.
[3] Psalm 23:1-6; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16, 10:10-11, 17-18; 1 John 3:16, 4:7-12.
[4] Luke 12:4.
[5] Colossians 3:1-4; 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
[6] Matthew 16:27, 25:31; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-27.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for the many times I get distracted by the world's messes and financial insecurities. These distractions can trouble my heart and lead me to worry about the future. Thank You for Your promise that You have welded my future to Christ's glorious future because I joined my life to Jesus in faith through baptism. Holy Spirit, I need Your help to remain focused on these promises from Your inspired Scriptures, so strengthen my spirit, in faith, to boldly trust that my future, and what matters in this life, are secure with Christ, in God. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:19-33
  • Colossians 1:13-14, 2:12, 3:1-4

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About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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