Hebrews 13 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Michael Kang, Gracepoint San Diego

Hebrews 13:5-6
What is at the root of “the love of money”?
 At the root of the love of money is a desire for comfort, security, and pleasure apart from God. Why would someone love money, of all things? It’s just a piece of paper or numbers in your bank account – but it represents power, options, possibilities, and all the things that you could do with that money. Someone would love money because that’s the only gateway they have to finding security and joy in this world. Rather than recognizing that the true source of these things is in a relationship with a good and perfect God, they are buying into the world’s notions of pleasure and success, visions of material possessions, lavish experiences, and financial security, that all have to do with getting enough money. 
 The opposite of the love of money is contentment with what you have, with what God has given and has already provided. The promise God makes is even greater than what any amount of money can buy: He says, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”. God’s presence and commitment to me frees me from any anxiety about what I think I lack and shows me that what I have in Him is so much greater than anything the world or money could provide. So many people at my stage of life would be looking to build up their careers and maximize their portfolios and earnings to ensure the most stable and secure future for their family and children, always be looking for the next raise, the next bigger house, etc. But the promise of God’s presence and covenantal love is greater than anything that money can buy, and I’m thankful that this is the promise I have received. 
 
What is the relationship between what I am afraid of and who God is in my life?
The more that I recognize who God is – His character, His promises – the less that I will be afraid of. What can man, or anything else, do to me, when God says He will never leave me or forsake me? On the flip side, the fears that I experience reveal the ways in which my view of God is still lacking. Lately, here in San Diego we’ve been busy with preparations for the start of the school year. There are a whole range of different fears and anxieties that do cross my mind – how will we be received by the students, will we be able to hold our events without any hindrances, and even down the road, what kinds of problems we might face from within or without, whether as a church we’ll be able to faithfully uphold the vision and values with which we were sent down here. I could spend all my time worrying about the “what if’s” and being consumed by fear of the unknown, fear of failure, but all these things melt away in light of who God is and His simple promise to be with me. I can say with confidence that I won’t be afraid, because if God is with us and God is for us, then nothing and no one can be against us. All I need to do is to trust in God and remain faithful and obedient, and putting confidence not in what I can accomplish by my efforts or what we as a church can do on our own strength, but relying on God’s character and promise.

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5 Responses to “Hebrews 13 Devotion Sharing”

  1. Wilson says:

    Thank you for sharing, Michael. Indeed, there is such strength and comfort in God’s promises — “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” — which have the power to conquer our fears. I, and the rest of us in Berkeley, are praying for you and the Gracepoint San Diego team. UCSD NSWN 2010, woohoo, oh yeah!!!

  2. Margaret says:

    Thanks for sharing. All of us here in Austin have the SD team in our thoughts and prayers!

  3. jin kim says:

    great sharing

  4. myra says:

    thanks for sharing mike. miss you and the whole san diego gracepoint team. praying for you.

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