The writer of Hebrews is concluding his letter to Jewish Christians of that time with a list of multiple things that they can do please God and show their love towards Him. The writer wants to leave them with something applicable that they can put into practice or remind themselves of in everyday life. One of the things that the writer encourages them to do in verse 5 is to be content with what they have and not place love in their money. He is reminding them that their satisfaction shouldn’t be in what they possess physically, but instead what they possess in Christ.
So many times in my life I let my physical well being determine my spiritual well being. I think many other Christians do the same. We look at our life and see either what we have, or what we lack, and let that feed what our relationship with God looks like. Yes, as a college student you might not have a lot of money in your checking and savings account, but take a look around you. Take a look at what you possess, at what you have. Look at where you are living, the clothes you wear everyday, the school you are at, etc. Even greater than not having a love for money is learning to be content in what you have. The second part of verse 5 references two Old Testament scriptures.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Psalm 118:6- The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Both of these verses speak to us and tell us to to not be afraid. Do not be affected but what we see or don’t see in front of use. Do not put your trust and faith in what your life looks like on the outside. Don’t let your physical surroundings affect your spiritual well being.
With that mindset we can apply this to our lives in the area of money but so much further. Ask yourself what areas of life do you look to for validation other than God? What in your life do you find contentment in other than God? Can we enjoy things in life? Definitely. But I want you to search your heart and make sure you know what your contentment is based off of. Do you place your worth in what you possess, or do you find your contentment in the Holy Spirit that lives within you?
To end I think it would be good to pray through the last two verses of Psalm 139.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
- Nick Spencer