A Bible Devotion

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Don't Love Money

1 TIMOTHY 6:10 ESV 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Many think the Bible says money is evil but it does not. What it actually says is the love of money causes evil. The meaning is that when people love money they will do evil things to obtain it.

While not all evil is caused by the love of money (rape is an example), there are many different kinds of evil that have the love of money as their true motivation.

Money has deceived many. They think it will bring them happiness, but it disappoints.

Money cannot buy happiness or real love. Money will never love you back.

1 TIMOTHY 6:17 ESV 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

Our Father God is our true Source who will never fail us. He alone deserves our love and our faith. But money has a history of disappointment and failure.

HEBREWS 13:5 ESV 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

As children of God we do not have to place our hope in money to take care of us, for we have the promise of God that He will always be with us and provide for us. We should not allow doubt to rob us of this blessing.

MATTHEW 13:22 ESV 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

Please notice it is not riches that choke the Word, but the deceitfulness of riches. Believing lies about riches is what chokes the Word and keeps it from producing good fruit in people's lives.

ACTS 20:35 AMPLIFIED 35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

Here is a truth too few have learned: happiness is not achieved by getting, but rather by giving. No matter how much you accumulate, it will never satisfy you. You will always want more. But when you recognize that God is your Source and you can give without worrying about your own needs, you can enter into great freedom and joy.

Can you be a lover of money and also be a continual giver? No! Those who love money are not willing to part with it. Although they may part with some for the purpose of gaining more money, they will never focus on giving, for they are interested in getting, not giving to others.

SAY THIS: I will not be deceived by money, loving it and trusting it, instead of God.


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