Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 29 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day four with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, are free to find contentment in God.
Free To Be Content
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’“
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)
How content are you? Would those closest to you agree with the answer you gave? Who first comes to mind when you think about contentment? Do they have everything they want? Do they have everything you would want? Is it possible to not have everything you want and still be content? How would learning to gaze more intently into the perfect law of God bring more contentment into your life?
Through all of my teenage years, I began various projects on the farm that I had hoped would make me my first million dollars. In case you are wondering, that never happened but the desire stayed alive within me for many years. In fact, when I published my first book, it was only through gazing into the Word of God that I became convicted of His desire that I share my work as freely as possible. By freeing myself from the love of money, I found myself free to be content. As you pray, ask God to help you see the desires within you that keep you from true contentment. Pray that you would allow God’s laws to free you from the bondage of possessions so that you would be free to live a contented life.