I truly believe that the bible has an answer for all of our problems and issues. While you aren’t going to find a table of contents necessarily that says “Eric, the answer to your problem can be found in Genesis,” it can be easier than you might think. With prayer and the patience to quietly wait for God to speak it can be found.
One such verse has been an anchor for an issue that I struggle with constantly, and that is money. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have. For He has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you'”. In our world today power, authority, and worth is most often tied to an income. I have fallen and continue to fall victim to this, in my opinion, idol of society. Don’t get me wrong; I do believe that money has its place, and God can use it to do amazing and glorious things for His Kingdom. But it should not be the sole possession of our life that we are judged by.
In my own life I struggle with the need for “things” to fill space in my life, and money is the currency to get them. I just know that if I have that new <fill in the blank>, life will get better. My mind races with “how can I get it? Maybe I could charge it. Maybe I could pay cash for half and then charge it.” The outcome varies but the remorse afterward is usually the same.
I stumbled across this verse one day in the middle of one of these internal conversations. My mind was jumping back and forth and I finally had to stop and sit down. I grabbed a bible (app. It is the 21st century :-)) and asked God to help me. Show me where to look for strength. I think I looked up greed, and the first verse to come up was Hebrews 13:5. I read that verse and knew instantly he was listening. I thanked Him and almost immediately started trying to memorize that verse. Now I am not a bible memory guy at all, but this verse has stuck. What I love about the verse is how straight forward it is in the first half and how comforting it is in the second. I read “Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have” and thought to myself that’s easier said than done.
But then there is the second half which is where I find refuge. It says, “He will never leave me nor forsake me.” God loves me all the time and won’t let me go. I may not have lots of money during my life. I may not have any money during my life. But this verse tells me I will have God for eternity. So what more do I really need?
P.S. Although a car that starts would be a nice perk