Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Verse for Today

Hebrews 13:5 - 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".

One of the greatest temptations man has in the modern world is his desire for more of everything, especially money. It is like salt which will make you thirsty for more and it will be very difficult to quit this temptation. The more one has it, the more his desire for money will be, especially because money can buy almost any thing in this world. Money can buy sleeping pills, but not peace and sleep. Money can buy entertainment, but not joy and contentment. Money can buy insurance, but not life expectancy. But still people go after it madly. Money is a very good servant and will obey us, but is a very bad master. When we make it our master, it will treat us cruelly by asking us to make more of it in various ways. It makes us go for fame, greater fortune and comforts. It then makes us indulge in evil passion to keep on making more and use it to amass other forms of wealth like real estate, jewelry, automobiles, and invest in portfolios of various kind. For such people, it is a great thrill to see their money grow. In this process, we are made to forget that money is only a means to an end and not an end in itself. We cannot take money with us at the time of leaving this world. We all have to go empty handed, leaving all our possessions to our successors or the world to often misuse. There are a lot of people who make money their god and their friend, but this god will never help their souls, but will make it more miserable either in making or in loosing it. This friend will never wipe our tears or pray for us. Yet we have the temptation to make more and are never satisfied with what we have. We do not realize that having more than enough money limits our prayer life because we do not any longer need to pray for God to meet our needs. Then we loose the perspective of what is enough and what is more than enough, for it is when we have more than enough that money starts talking to us about the rainy days which might come for which we need more. Money also makes us proud and careless spenders on our wants while the household of faith lack the basic necessities of life. If we can be contented with what the Lord gives us to meet our needs, we will be able to use the rest of the time available to serve the Lord for the expansion of His kingdom.

Most people use their years of good health to make more money rather than use whatever God gives through normal channels for our sustenance and for the cause of God in this world. We are instructed by the Lord to keep our lives free from the love of money. Let money not be our motto and goal in life, but let us make God our motto. Let money not be allowed to meet our needs, but let God be our supplier of every need. Let us thank the Lord for meeting our needs and let us not be tempted to think that money has helped us with our daily needs. Let us learn to be content with what God gives us through normal means and try to use it to meet our basic needs and try to live in total dependence on the Lord and His promises. The Lord has promised never to leave us nor to forsake us and so let us trust Him to be the source of our means to meet our needs. Let all the credit for our sustenance go to the Lord and not to our money, salary, job or employer which are only the means used by God to meet our needs. Let us learn to multiply the grace, love and peace that we have rather than the worldly wealth and assets. Thus when our dependence on God increases, we learn to put our trust in Him and His faithfulness. Today we have to make a decision whether to trust the world and our sources of income or to trust solely on the Lord to provide for our every need. Remember, we are not created because there is job or business to feed us, but because there is the God of Elijah who uses His means to feed us. He is our creator, sustainer and provider and He has promised to lead us through this world till we reach our eternal home.

1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Thought for Today
Contented life comes from the knowledge of having an all-sufficient Father.

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