Friday, October 9, 2015

Be Bold: Hebrews 13:5

"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.” (ESV)

"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." (KJV)

"Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” (MSG)

This series is about living boldly and without abandon, so you may ask, what on earth is this verse doing here? It neither says "do not fear" nor does it speak about being bold. Well, here is where I disagree. Being relaxed in what you have and trusting in the Lord is a very respectable and very honorable form of boldness. To be honest, I have had trouble finding the ambition and the drive to write. As I write today it feels as though it is an obligation. An obligation? To who? I am writing this for my study of the Bible and my own journey. It is an obligation to myself and an obligation to my Lord. I feel as though there is a fine line between obsession and conviction. I am not obsessed with writing the blog, but instead I am convicted to read and internalize my Lord's word.

This is also a verse to spark our fire. How can we be bold if we fear our earthly lives and our earthly reputation? Instead, we see here that God says, He will never leave us, He will never let us down, He will never forsake us, He will never walk away. This should give us the confidence to follow Him and to charge forth without abandon! No matter how hard or how many times we stumble and fall on our faces and make fools of ourselves, God is with us. This should give us the courage.

Go!

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