Hebrews 13:5-6 (NASB)
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”
One of the most depression related feelings is to be abandon or neglected by someone who has promise to be there when you need them. It is like being locked in a prison of hopelessness. A living death sentence with no sign of circumstances every changing.
In our text, it appears that the warning in v5 to “make sure that your character is free from the love of money suggest that due to severe living circumstances, the people of God were abandoning the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and were getting caught up in the love of money as priority.
The “love of money” could become a character trait instead of the “love for the Lord” and became a blessing blocker from Lord. The saints were under persecution physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The circumstances of their dilemma appeared to could have been solved by human means.
We live in a generation of “abandonment”. Many people had been abandoned by their parents due to financial reasons of just with the inability to cope with a bad situation. The Bible tells of the how the act of abandonment affects us.
2 Timothy 4:16-18 (NASB) (Defeating The Spirit Of Abandonment-Standing Your Ground)
16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.
17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth.
18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Notice that the Apostle Paul states “no one supported me” , “but all deserted me”: but is attitude was not one of resentment but mercy asked on their behalf. Get your attitude right because God has planned our deliverance from the situation.(Romans 8:28) and the Lord will “stand”, strengthened and “rescue” us according to His goodness and mercy. Paul decided to “stand” without human support to continue to preach the gospel.
That being said “let us stand our ground”. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.