In order to have simplicity, it is necessary to have faith in God’s care. The desire to have more arises, at least, in part, from insecurity.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 ESV

The key to simplicity is contentment with what one has.

In the Greek language, the phrase, “free from love of money,” translates a single word, aphilarguros. It occurs in the New Testament again only at 1 Timothy 3:3.

“Life” (Gr. tropos) in the above verse represents “the way in which a person behaves or lives, ways, customs, kind of life” (BGAD) or, still, “conduct, behavior” (Rusconi).

Contentment is based on the promise of God to be with us. If we “possess” his presence, material possesssions will be sufficient.

As simple as that!

Lord God, thank you for your presence with me, which guarantees my contentment. May the promise of your presence always be with me. Because Christ is my Lord. Amen.

EXTRA: The phrase, “what you have,” comes from a single term, pareimi, “to be present,” or here, what one has at one’s disposal, one’s possessions.

Heb. 13:5 was one of the verses used this past Saturday by Fernando Berlezzi, in the study, “Family Budgeting and Financial Tips.” It was a useful time. It was Fernando who, in a positive way, connected the subject of simplicity to this verse.

The above was translated from today’s Portuguese-language devotional “God with Us.”

What do you think?