Illusive Contentment

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Hebrews 13:1-16

A wealthy industrialist docked his boat in a slip next to a fisherman and his boat. In the middle of the afternoon the fisherman was relaxing lazily beside his boat. “Why are you not out there fishing?” asked the industrialist. “Because I’ve caught enough fish for today,” replied the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?” the wealthy man asked.

“What would I do with them?”

“You could earn more money, and buy a bigger boat so that you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could buy nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make still more money. It would not take long and you would soon have a fleet of boats and have as much money as I have.”

The fisherman slowly replied, “Then what would I do?”

“You could sit down and enjoy life,” said the wealthy man.

“What do you think I’m doing now?” retorted the fisherman.

In this last chapter of Hebrews there are many applications for the Christian. One of these is the contentment the Lord offers. Contentment is illusive for many. The love for money is strong. Coveting squeezes the heart. But if a person believes God, then the person has more than enough.


O Lord, in Your light let me live with simplicity and trust. In Christ’s name. Amen.