August 24, 2023 – Thursday
Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV
5 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.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
First, the quotes in all three versions for verses five and six are from Deuteronomy 31:6 and Psalm 118:6.7 respectively.
You may be wondering why I chose both the NKJV and the KJV. Let me tell you why, the NKJV has For He Himselfwhich adds emphasis to the fact that it is God the Father who is speaking.
In addition, the KJV has Let your conversation vs Let your conduct NKJV or Keep your lives NIV. How interesting to equate one’s conversation to one’s conduct and to one’s life. Ever think about how your conversation reflects or even drives your life? Perhaps this relates back to Jesus saying in Matthew 5:28, But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart NIV or But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart NKJV. Jesus is telling us not only our conversation can lead us into sin, but obviously our thoughts as well.
What happens though when we are speaking, conducting ourselves, and keeping our lives free from the love of money to the point we are without covetousness? Then we can surely be content with what we have and truly trust what the Lord said in Deuteronomy 31:6, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Without covetousness and knowing God will never forsake us, leads us to be courageous in our faith as we learn in verse six NIV, 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Or NKJV, 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lordis my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Guzik said of this, This quotation from Psalm 118:6 points to the truth that real contentment comes only when we trust in God to meet our needs and to be our security. Strangely we are often more likely to put security and find contentment in things that are far less reliable and secure than God Himself is.
With confidence we may boldly share the gospel of Jesus Christ. What do we have to worry about? Nothing for God has our back. Consider the next two verses, 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Of course, we are to accept and follow godly leadership in the body of Christ, leadership shown to be legitimate by faithfulness to God’s word and godly conduct. If we are ever unsure, we can always look to Jesus as He is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Bottom Line: God has our back always and Jesus is always the example we can follow.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your promises that we can trust and Your Son. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton