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 was are truly blessed. Even they do not completely realize how richly blessed they are.
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.