Hebrews 13:5 commands us: “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’.” It is interesting, upon first reading, to discover that the oft-quoted verse “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (a quote from Deuteronomy 31 in the Old Testament) is used here in the context of money! But the key to understanding its use has to do with the phrase “being content”:
The writer commands us not to love money, but to be “content with what you have.” Immediately after that admonition he then quotes Deuteronomy: “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.'” How do these tie together? What does contentment have to do with that promise?
When a person knows that God is with them — as He promises to be in the Deuteronomy passage — then they have all they need. As C.S. Lewis wisely observed: “He who has God and has everything else has no more than he who has God only.” GOD HIMSELF is all we need to be happy. Psalm 16:11 says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Thus the key to contentment is to know that God is with you, and to relish the pleasures and joys of His presence — no matter what else you may or may not have.