“Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.” – 1 Timothy 6:17
Have you ever read verses about money and felt that they were unreasonable? Perhaps you’ve thought that to serve God and not money really isn’t even doable. How can we do that when we need money to live, eat, and provide for ourselves and our families? You’ve probably heard the famous verse, “You cannot be slaves of both God and money” (Luke 16:13). If you’re like me, you’ve probably been frustrated with understanding how we apply verses like these.
This morning I was reading in Luke 16 and 1 Timothy 6, and I gained new insight into the place money in our lives and how we can put God first. Paul instructs Timothy to teach the rich to place their hope on God rather than the “uncertainty of riches.” If we are honest, we are likely far wealthier than those whom Timothy would teach. Therefore, we need to heed these verses.
The call for the rich (and really, to all) is to refrain from placing our trust in the uncertainty of riches, and instead place our hope in certainty of an unchanging God, who “richly provides us with all things to enjoy.” Instead of trusting money itself, we trust God, who “provides all of our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). When we trust in our faithful God, we naturally become faithful in the stewardship of our money. The Bible doesn’t teach that we should hate money or avoid it all together, but that we should place our hope in God rather than money, and in-so-doing adopt a lifestyle that stewards well whatever wealth He gives us. Our faithfulness to steward money well is based upon our trust in God’s faithfulness to continue providing all that we need. In all that we do, HE is our ultimate hope and joy, not wealth or what it brings. That is serving God instead of money.
- Is your hope in God who richly provides, or the uncertainties of wealth?
- If you are not currently stewarding God’s money well, take a specific step to align your spending/giving with demonstrating that your hope is in God.
“God, thank You that I can be faithful in stewarding money because You are faithful to take care of me and provide for my needs. Help me to hope in You, and not in the uncertainty of wealth.”