Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.“Hebrews 13:5 (BSB)
Have you wondered how this verse connects? What does contentment have to do with God’s continual presence?
Quiet simply, we can be content because we have the greatest thing: God’s faithfulness. His presence, His love, and a relationship with Him. We can come to Him at anytime, with anything. Our faith shouldn’t be in the things of this world—in money and material possessions (Luke 12:15). These things will not fulfill us. They will not stand at the end of time (1 John 2:17).
God is our steady foundation. He is the Rock of Ages who never falters, no matter how the waves ebb and flow. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He who speaks, then fulfills. Circumstances change, you change, and society changes. But God remains ever the same. His Word stands strong. His faithfulness is unmatched.
The cord of Heaven is bound to you—your heart to His—and no one can severe it. You may think, “Oh, but I wander and sin often. My life is as stormy as ever. How can I believe that God is still with me? Everyone else has left. Why wouldn’t He do the same?”
Oh, dear one. God’s character does not depend on your nature. His promises remain: through life, death, and eternity. His love and faithfulness rest not on your feelings, acts, “worthiness,” nor the ups and downs of life. His character is not upset by your shortcomings!
To you, the Savior promises, “I will keep you (Philippians 1:6). I will not fail you. Everyone has abandoned you. But fear not, for I AM not everyone else. I AM THE LORD, who will never abandon you.”
If God says, “I will always be with you, even to end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), then know it is true. You may wander, but He remains. In fact, He is calling you back to His side. He will not abandon the work of His hands. He will not abandon you.
Won’t you answer His call? Won’t you return to your faithful Lord? He loves you. He will never forsake you.