Be Content – Hebrews 13:5

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

Meditation:  Being content is supernatural.  Human beings seem naturally bent toward discontent.  We want more, better, and faster.  What’s the solution?  What can satisfy us?  God.

One of the oddest results of the human condition is that the more we have the more we perceive we need.  Take for example the human stomach.  The popularity if gastric bypass and other appetite limiting procedures and therapies, demonstrate the need to curb the expanding nature of the stomach when increasing amounts of food are regularly ingested.  When the stomach is repeatedly forced to a larger size around meal after meal, it stretches to accommodate the extra volume.  As a result, it takes more to fill us such a stomach even though the body does not need all that food.

Thus we see fulfilled in a physical way the words of Proverbs 13:25, “The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.”  When we are not satisfied with what the Lord provides, then our belly gnaws at us for more and more.  It is never satisfied.  It wants.

Oddly enough regular fasting or going without those things the body craves forces it to find a metabolic balance.  When forced to obey, the body comes into line.  In fact, science has shown that fasting causes the body to go into starvation mode to conserve energy burning fewer calories.  The mind is the same way.  When denied those things it craves, there can be initial withdrawal symptoms, but usually it can be trained to obey if there is sufficient motivation to find spiritual balance.

Call To Action:  As children of God, Christians are called to a life of self-denial.  This call does not require vows of poverty or crippling personal penance.  Rather we are always to remember that we are not our own, and we owe our allegiance to our Redeemer.  Since the Spirit of God gives us new life, making of our lowly bodies Temples of the Holy Spirit, we are called to maintain those vessels according to holiness for the glory of God.  

If you have never fasted, I encourage you to pick a day or a week to go without food from morning to night taking only water until the evening for several days.  You will be amazed what it will do to your communion with the Lord.  Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).  Come, taste and see that the Lord is good indeed (Psalm 34:8).  

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