A few days into the New Year I woke up with a scripture on my mind. This doesn’t happen too often, so I knew this was significant. I have lots of silly dreams here and there and when I try to recall them in the morning, the majority of the details slip my mind and I’m left with a few pieces of it. I’ll turn to tell my husband about the dream but as I do, I can tell the details are already fading even as I’m speaking them out.
But this time it was different. This time it was more than a dream. It was like something was burned in my heart and my mind. I think what makes it stand out is to know that the pastor hadn’t brought up this passage on Sunday. I didn’t hear it from someone in recent conversation, and I didn’t read it in my Bible recently. It was just there and it wasn’t going anywhere.
As the days began to pass, the scripture was still fresh in my memory. I started to think, ͞Why that scripture?͟ Then I remembered something. It was a thing I thought I had gotten over a longtime ago, but if I think about it, this scripture happened to be the best medicine for the thing that had cut me to the core. The thing I love about scripture is that it’s very alive. It doesn’t expire. You can apply that same scripture today that you did twenty years ago, and it doesn’t lose its power or relevance.
Sometimes I like to look at different versions of the same scripture and see what perspective shines from it. This time when I looked up the amplified version, I felt like it was just so perfect. If you’ve stayed with me this long reading this, then let me finally let you in on the scripture, I’d like to share two versions of it. I hope it ministers to your heart when you need it the most like it has mine.
5 Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, ͞I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!͟Hebrews 13:5 (AMP) 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ͞Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.͟[a] Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)