Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Thought for Thursday 5/23/13

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.”  Hebrews 13:5

It is not easy to be content with what we have if our minds are constantly on things others have; this is the writer’s admonition in advising us to conduct ourselves “without covetousness”.  It must be even more difficult for the folks of Moore OK who, according to morning new reports, will be “months” before finally settling into a place they can call their own, having lost in many cases everything they ever owned or ever loved.

The assurance the writer proclaims, however, is not about whether or when we will regain what we once thought we owned; the assurance is about what is to be gained in faithfulness.  The writer is quoting from Joshua as the people of Israel are about to cross into the Promised Land.  Joshua had been the faithful one throughout the wilderness journey and had been designated Moses’ successor as leader of God’s people.  The Lord had assured Joshua that as long as he remained faithful to the Lord and the Lord’s Law, the Lord will “never leave or forsake” him (Joshua 1:5-9).

Remember this assurance is not about what Joshua or the Israelites “had” or think they owned; it is about what the Lord has in store for those who live in faith and obedience to Him and, yes, His Law.  It is not about God loving us “no matter what”, as some cheap-grace theologians might try to preach.  This divine love is, of course, a given at the Crucifixion, but a faithful response of the people is also required.  It is about faithfully being God’s people in a godless world and preparing to enter into the Lord’s domain.  It is not about what we think we have; it is entirely about what God wills us to have for the Journey – and - at the Journey’s end.


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