Insights: Thanksgiving or Covetousness

Yesterday we celebrated a wonderful holiday for the United States – Thanksgiving. From the pilgrims to we who continue to enjoy freedoms today, there is much to be thankful for – family, food, fellowship with friends, but mostly our freedom to worship the Lord Jesus Christ!

As I was doing my devotions, I read Hebrews 13:5, “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.”  What an appropriate passage related to Thanksgiving…and Black Friday.

I wouldn’t want to say there is greed for those who are shopping today, but is there covetousness? And if there is a desire to be good stewards by getting good deals, is it really stewardship or covetousness? That can be a hard question.

The question can be resolved by how you respond to the last part of the verse. Jesus said He would never leave nor forsake His people. Are you content with what you have, or if you don’t get what you want, are you still content with His presence? What a way to rejoice for Thanksgiving and perspective for moving into the blessed Christmas season.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are preparing for celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our contentment!


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