For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10
Read 1 Timothy 6:1-10
The desire to always want more can be considered a form of self-indulgence
to assuage one’s desires. That’s how the words, pierced themselves through
with many sorrows can also be understood. The desire for riches is like the
root of a plant from which many poisonous fruits emanate. How often does
an inheritance not cause arguments and hard feelings? How many murders
and other violent crimes are committed to enable individuals to gain control
of other people’s wealth and possessions? The greatest danger however, is
that we drift away from the faith.
We can be so involved with our work and our family that we are dead tired
on Sundays and cannot pay attention to God’s Word as it deserves. When
Sunday afternoon arrives, we often begin to make plans for the following
week. A person can be so lethargic when he comes to the service of God. A
farmer once fell asleep during the worship service. When the pastor loudly
pounded the pulpit with his fist, the farmer suddenly woke up and cried out:
Sold! Apparently he momentarily thought he was at the auction barn. What
do you think about in church?
To be wealthy seems attractive, yet many who are rich are very dissatisfied
in life. Acquiring wealth and possessions cannot bring true happiness and
fulfillment. The empty place in your heart can only be filled with one thing,
namely, the Lord Himself! Only those who are rich toward God in this way
are truly blessed. Even they do not completely realize how richly blessed
Thought: Do you have enough? Of what?
Psalter 104:5,6 (based on Psalm 39)
Man’s life is passed in vain desire If troubled years be spent for gain;
He knows not whose his wealth shall be, And all his toil is but in vain.
And now, O Lord, what wait I for? I have no hope except in Thee;
Let not ungodly men reproach. From all transgressions set me free.