Hello, I am Mr. Jerry Brown, father of Marie E. Brown who is a subscriber and contributor to “Shining Stars”. My wife Marlena and I have six children, three boys and three girls, ages 21 to 5. We have been married for 26 years, come May 2012. I have known our Messiah since a child and have been keeping God’s commandments (Sabbath and Festivals, etc.) with a heart of love for about 14 years. I was writing a letter to a friend the other day and it seemed that I should ask my daughter Marie if the content of the letter would be encouraging to the readers of Shining Stars. She thought it would, so with a little editing it became this article. Most of these thoughts came to me as we were having a family Bible Study while looking at Hebrews 13:5-6, which all our children have been memorizing.
Contentment – Nothing is so sweet as to know that our Heavenly Father has promised “… I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b I have been finding so much comfort in just knowing that He loves me … He has my best interests at heart .. He sees the sparrow when it falls and He knows my needs! Our “loving-contentment” is one major thing he asks of us, as He has said, “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. So we may boldly say: The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 Some of the above words were quoted from Deuteronomy: “And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you.
He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 And also, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 These wonderful verses help me to abstain from covetousness which seems to be a root of many evils now days. This I believe is also the key to staying out of bad debt.
If we are satisfied we will not want more and more things. This is also why the first and foremost requirement of the judges that Moses was to appoint, had to be men without a covetous heart. This way they would not be tempted to accept a bribe which would otherwise contaminate God’s justice. The poor are often taken advantage of because they cannot “pay the bribe” when authorities are malcontent.
God is angered greatly when He sees justice being infected with greed. “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes and they shall judge the people with just judgment. You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 16:18-20 Our contentedness should not come from what kind of lifestyle we have or what things we seem to own, but just the fact that “He will never leave us nor forsake us”. Can I be satisfied with just “HIS PRESENCE”, just “GOD WITH ME”? Is He enough? With a childlike trust and faith I say “yes”!
If ever we find ourselves left with almost nothing, reduced to poverty, could we still say as Job said, “Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, Then let come on me what may! … Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Job 13:13-15 ? My Heavenly Father knows all about me. I know He loves me as a father loves his child. I hope that my trust in Him continues to grow, that my faith in Him, even if in death, will not be shaken! “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.
For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:21-24. I have been trying to encourage my own children to trust God like this and also to make good use of the short life we have here. Sometimes I feel inspired to write down some words as we are having family talks. Maybe they are worth including here
“With God’s help, I will make sure that I will not regret this one life that I have to give.” JWB “Today is real, it is not a rehearsal for tomorrow.” JWB “Today is brought to ruin by that which we say can wait till tomorrow.” JWB “Our accomplishments and successes are directly affected by how strong we are when we feel weak.” JWB
Shalom, peace and blessings to you, both now and forever!