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 [An early morning meditation…]

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“…Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He [Jesus] Himself has said ‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU…”

–Hebrews 13:5 (NASB, caps. in original)

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   Much could be said about what the author of Hebrews is saying. But first, these words are aimed at Christians.  And though we’re saying nothing else specific about the context, we offer these observations about what this text, echoed in other places in the Bible, is not saying:

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   (1) With “never” there’s no indication of a time limit¹ for this promise.

   (2)  There’s no indication that God will fulfill this promise your way.

   (3)  There’s no indication that you will be excused from suffering.

   (4)  There’s no indication that you will receive what you really want².

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[With a new year just ahead, these are satisfying words to think about.]

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   ¹ Implies both life on Earth and life after that.

   ² Unless you’re “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” as Jesus recommends. Also “want” is not a synonym for “need.”