“The Challenge Of Being Financially Content”
By Zach Wood
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
How many of you are satisfied with what you make in your job? Do you have a job that you really enjoy? If you had the choice between having a job you really enjoy or having a job that pays a lot of money, which would you pick? Don’t answer right away. Think on that for a little while. Let the question sink in.
There are many people who have jobs and they make a lot of money, but they are miserable. There are also people who have a job they really enjoy and are satisfied because they are content with how much they make. Which one are you? Maybe you have a job you enjoy and you make good money. Kudos to you! However, we need to remember that with more money in a job comes more responsibility. Perhaps you make a lot because you’ve been there a long time and you’ve raises with years of experience.
Whatever the case, I think we would all like to have a job that we enjoy, plus make good money. I don’t know which situation you find yourself in, but I want to ask you a challenging question, “When will it be enough?” Will you be content with what God has given you with a current job? Now, this doesn’t mean you’re wrong for going to a job that offers you more money. There are always many things to consider when choosing a job.
I want to challenge all of us to consider these words in Hebrews. We are told to keep our lives free from the love of money. God has promised to always provide for us and never leave us in need. Somehow, He always provides for us. We need to change our perspective many times and be thankful for what He has given us instead of so often wanting more.
In the past few years, I have had some work experiences that have taught me to be content with what I make and the relationships I have at my work place. I hear a lot of people complain about what they make and I always think to myself, “When will it ever be enough?” The truth is that if we aren’t content with what God gives us now, then no matter how much wage we chase after, it will never be enough. That’s a tough truth, but I firmly believe it from what I have learned from my own experiences. I would much rather have a job that I truly enjoy and people I like working with over having a higher paying job.
God tells us to keep our lives free from the love of money. Are we doing that? Are we focused on money more or are we content with what God has promised to provide? It’s a challenging and tough question we all must answer.
Are we financially content with what He has provided?