Post by TheFirebrand on Apr 29, 2013 7:20:51 GMT -6
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. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with moderate things here. Those who cannot be so would not be content though God raised their condition.
Adam was in paradise yet not content; some angels in heaven were not content; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content.
Christians have reason to be content with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.
In the original there are no less than five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and forever. Men can do nothing against God and God can make all that men do against his people, to turn to their good.