A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, March 6, 2014
“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
While I was in my study one evening, listening to K-LOVE (one of my favorite radio stations), something I heard one of the speakers say caused me to stop what I was doing and ponder his words. This gentleman (I don’t know his name) said “addiction is misdirected worship.” Wow. Think about that for a minute, my brothers and sisters. Let it marinate for a moment.
Almost immediately, the Lord brought me to Hebrews 13:5. This is a verse, that for the longest time, I had a lingering question concerning why God chose to include something next to something else. I believe that God was now giving me an answer! God knows when to reveal to us those things we have been seeking answers to, whether big or small. God’s timing is always perfect. Isn’t God awesome?!
Now back to our study verse for today. I often wondered 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. Our perfect Author is very intentional with what He has spoken, written, and continues to speak to us today. There is not one word, not one comma, period, or otherwise out of place; therefore, God intended this verse to read exactly the way He wrote it.
When I heard this gentleman speak his God-led phrase “addiction is misdirected worship,” the Lord quickened my spirit to this verse, and to the reason why He ordered His words in this way. Let’s run through it, phrase-by-phrase, and then God is going to bring it home for us, the way He always does.
The Greek word for “let” as used in this verse is katecho (pr. kat-ekh-o), which means “to hold down, fast, retain, possess” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word “fast” means “firmly fixed, tightly shut, adhering firmly, firmly loyal;” and further defines “possess” as “to have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill, control firmly.”
Our “conduct” is our tropos (pr. trop-os), which is our “character, conversation.” Our character, our nature, who we are, is revealed through our conversation. Webster defines “character” as one’s “main or essential nature especially as strongly marked and serving to distinguish.” What you say distinguishes you. This is why our conduct and our contentment must be firmly fixed, and adhere steadfastly to God’s Word. We must measure everything we say or do by the one true standard, which is the immutable Word of God; otherwise, we are just flapping in the breeze, and blowing whichever way the wind blows.
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.
If your heart is of the world, then the world will give you its treasure. If your 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.” 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.”
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.
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 Divine Overflow, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
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 © 2013, unless otherwise noted.