By Pastor Mark Jordan
You might know I’m intrigued by these crazy national holidays and special days. Today is National All Is Ours Day. National All Is Ours Day, according to http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com, is set aside “to appreciate everything we have. Don’t dwell on what we don’t have. All that we have is a blessing, and our lives are a blessing.” That’s excellent advice, and worthy of a special day.
As soon as I read the description, I thought about Hebrews 13:5, “Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you” (CEB). The writer of Hebrews is speaking specifically about contentment. Being content refers to a state of peacefulness, happiness, and satisfaction. Does this describe you?
Discontentment is part of our human condition. Even going back as far as the 10 Commandments, God told Moses that we are not to covet the belongings of our neighbor (to covet means to lust or long after something you have no claim to; see Exodus 20:17). We often move from coveting to currency out of a misplaced sense that we can purchase contentment. We can’t. The Beatles knew that (hence the song, Can’t Buy Me Love). You know that. I know that. So what gives? Why do we still succumb to coveting?
Coveting something almost always comes back to seeking security. We think that if we can just achieve or acquire something, then it will fill a void we feel. It won’t. It can’t. All the money in the world might bring some temporary happiness, but what your soul needs is eternal joy. This is precisely why the writer of Hebrews explicitly links contentment with the fellowship of God and the reminder that God will never leave or abandon you. This is a promise that God gave to the Israelites through Moses as they moved into the Holy Land, and this is a promise echoed by Jesus in the Great Commission.
God is always with you. This isn’t anything you can borrow or buy. It comes in faith, and settles the soul. This is a perfect reminder for this National All Is Ours Day. I hope you can appreciate what you have, and not dwell on what you don’t. All you have is a blessing, and you are a blessing. Now, take all that and know that God is with you. Can you ask for anything more? Friends, that’s the blessing!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of your presence. Forgive me for the times I try to find contentment in the things of this world as opposed to you. I know you have given me the gift of yourself, and for that, I am grateful. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.