Happy With What We Have

Michael Beck

“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.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Who likes to “miss out” on a good time? The thought that “out there” people are delighting themselves in a life we don’t know can be tormenting and the cause of deep sorrow. “Why,” we ask, “why has life passed me by? Why is it my lot to be unhappy when others are so happy?” Depression has its roots in self-pity and bitterness.

But what is life? Jesus said: “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15) It is a fallacy to believe that having this or that thing will be the key to our happiness. Jesus said, “I Am the Life.” God Himself is the “fountain of living waters.” Knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent is life without end.

When the enemy of your soul would want to stir bitterness and envy in you, when he would want to weigh you down with grief and sorrow, learn to rejoice in the Lord. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.

You have the Lord, in whose presence there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. And He has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” That’s something to be very happy about.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.