A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, November 27, 2012
“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
We learned yesterday in part one of this revelation that our conduct, our conversation, reveals our character which is our nature. Matthew 15:18 testifies of this as it reverberates through the atmosphere “what comes out of the mouth, proceeds from the heart.” Matthew 15:11 backs us up when it proclaims “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Both our conduct and our level of contentment reveal our character. If a person always wants more and is never satisfied with what they have, they are revealing their true character, which is apart from God. This is not talking about achieving what God has called you to achieve; but rather, as you continue to move forward with God’s plan and purpose, you are content with what you have, and are given along the way. Being more for God, and wanting more of God is pleasing to the Father; however, being more for yourself and the world, and wanting more stuff is not. God is a God of prosperity. He wants to bless you with more things, the finer things of life. But He cannot until you allow Him to do a work in your heart, so that your heart and your treasure both point to the Father. When you have a heart for God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out so much of a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10).
If your heart is of the world, then the world will give you its treasure. If you heart is of God, and for God, then God will give you His treasure (Matthew 6:21). And the empty treasure of the world pales in comparison to the Father’s bountiful harvest.
The Greek word for “content” is arkeo (pr. ar-ket-os), which is “the idea of raising a barrier, to ward off, be enough, be sufficient” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). When you are content in God and with His provision, when your Father is sufficient for you, then you have raised a barrier to every ungodly force, every worldly enticement, and the allure of every empty promise that comes your way.
When God promised that He would “never leave us nor forsake us,” our Father gave us an ironclad guarantee. The word “never” comes from the Greek ou me (pr. oo may) and is a double negative. It is “a double negative strengthening the denial, not at all, by no means.” The word “nor” is kai (pr. kahee) which is “a cumulative force.” This is the word that connects “leave” and “forsake.” It is like a snowball that picks up speed, strength, and size as it rolls down the hill. This is a progressive word, a word that continues to roll about the heavens, the atmosphere, and the earth, constantly picking up momentum, size, and power; and testifying to the fierce loyalty of the Father of the universe toward His children.
God will never “leave” nor ‘forsake” us; our loyal Father will never aniemi (pr. an-ee-ay-mee) nor egkatalaeipo (eng-kat-al-i-po), meaning “to let up, slacken, descent, to leave behind in some place.” Our Jehova Rohi (the Lord our Shepherd, the Lord our Companion, the Lord our Guide) will never grow slack concerning us. He will never leave us behind; and more importantly, our Father will never leave us where He found us or in the same condition that He found us in. 2 Peter 3:9 echoes this guarantee: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
In closing, let us go back to the beginning, to the question that sparked the revelation for this message: why the Father would chose to put instructions for our conduct, the mandate to be content in all things, and His assurance that He would never leave us nor forsake us, all in the same verse and in this order.
When we truly trust the Father to be Who He said He would be to us, in us, and for us; then our conduct and our contentment will line up with the Father’s heart, which touches and transforms our very nature into His character. And when this happens, there is no need for us to stray because nothing can take our Daddy’s place.
The prodigal son found this out the hard way (Luke 15:11-32). He didn’t truly believe and trust his father to be who he said he was for his son. As a result, the son’s contentment was down, as was his barrier; so he was not able to ward off the allure of destruction and the enticement of folly that the world dangled in front of him.
When he finally came to the end of himself, as a result of the world using him up and tossing him aside; thankfully, he remembered this very question, and went back to the beginning where his father was waiting all the while, with open arms to welcome his son home. But this time things were different. This time the son’s eyes and heart were opened to truly believe and know that his father was in fact the real deal.
My brothers and sisters, know and believe that your Heavenly Father is the Real Deal. He is waiting for you with His everlasting love in His hands, desiring to embrace you, and to be for you Who He really is—your all sufficient Father who is more than enough, and all you will ever need and desire.
Father, thank you for never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank you for being everything to us. Draw us closer to You, and help us to experience who You are in a new and more intimate way. Help us to see ourselves through Your eyes, and to experience the way You love us. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we are content, because You have caused us to lie down in green pastures and lead us beside Your still waters (Psalm 23). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek and experience the Father for Who He really is. Choose to allow your Father’s love to wash over you, and to fill you to overflowing. And continue to fight the good fight of being fully content in the Father’s arms; for God, your More-Than-Enough, has already given you the victory!
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And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.