“Let your manner of life be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have; for [God] says, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, KJV)
When I first marry, my husband is in graduate school failing to obtain his master’s degree in hospital administration. Prospects for a good-paying job wane during the first year of our life together. We happily live in a small three-room apartment, buy a little dog and play house for awhile. It is the early 1980s, and the economic recession is hard hitting in central Ohio. He goes ahead to Atlanta, finds a job in a restaurant as a host. I remain behind for three months, working. I discover I am pregnant. We are poor in one way, rich in other ways. We are rich in education; we are poor in money.
I am a believer, but I am fearful. My heart has no trust in God’s provision. When I join my husband in Atlanta, I am actually afraid of starving.
Over the years, my husband repeatedly loses jobs. Fear becomes a taste in my mouth — bitter and always there. Yet, at the same time, I learn God provides. We do not starve. We do move a lot until I return to graduate school myself to obtain my master’s degree. Our last move is for me — I am still at that job.
God provides, not just sometimes but always. I have what I need.
Thank You Father God that You are giving. You provide for our needs. Help us to be content with what we have; and not to covet what we do not have. In Jesus’ Name, amen.