Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
If you are reading this, you are wealthy. In fact, compared to the majority of the world, you are rich. But there is a great hazard that often occurs when we are wealthy: we become prideful, thinking we’re a little smarter or a little better than others. We may even begin to feel we’re entitled to our wealth because of the wonderful people we are.
God’s Word warns us, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Don’t make the mistake of fixing your hope on the uncertainty of riches. Remember the economic madness of the 1990s? Think about all the extraordinary wealth generated by dot-com companies that soon became “dot-bomb” companies. Some of those who were mega-millionaires lost it all in the new millennium. The next decade brought us the real estate boom, but before it was over, the wealth it created transferred into the worst economic recession in our lives.
God’s Word reminds us over and over that wealth can come and go. There’s no certainty in wealth. Here today, gone tomorrow. So don’t bank on it. Instead, fix your hope on God. Find your security in Him. It’s a hope that will not disappoint. You may lose your money, but you’ll never lose Him, and in the process, He’ll teach you to be content whether you have much or little.
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