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
In Joshua 1:5, it says the same thing!
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Joshua 1:5
Back to Hebrews… “For He hath said…” Wait. Who’s the He? It is the Lord that hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Why does the Lord pay attention to the things in our lives when we bring them to Him? Keep reading…
So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. – Hebrews 13:6
The root for covetousness, which leads to envy and jealousy, is not trusting God to take care of you. It’s a form of unbelief and doubt rooted in faithlessness of God and His Word. This kingdom expresses itself as not being content with what you have.
I want to give you an axiom to deal with envy and jealousy and covetousness: you must put God first, above the things in your life.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33
I’ve watched godliness be equated with success. The Word of God says that those that say gain is godliness get away from them, but I say unto you godliness with contentment is great gain. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:5-6
Envy and jealousy will not let allow you to be content. They will prevent you from godliness, and not allow you to be at peace. Without godliness, you’re not going to have any peace whatsoever. I don’t care what you do; I don’t care how successful you are. If you don’t have godliness as your foundation, it’s like a piece of unprotected metal; it rusts. Moth holes appear in the clothing you wear. The buckets you put your money in have holes in them; the money falls out of the bottom onto the ground, and you don’t even see it going.
I think that envy and jealousy steal your self-esteem from you. It will not allow you to be at peace with yourself and accept yourself. It always stirs the pot against you, and always gets you to compare yourself with others, or to compare your success or lack of success with others.
I think we have to be content. I believe when you take your contentment, deal with covetousness and put away envy and jealousy, in that day God shall start to have what He wanted from the beginning. Then He’s able to bless you. The first blessing God wants to give you when you come back to loving Him is your peace of mind and your peace of heart.
-Dr. Henry Wright