1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
We’re getting a lesson in the practicality of this verse right now. Inflation makes all finances worth less, and on top of that, some companies like Disney have lost half their stock value in six months. Wealth is definitely uncertain! Sadly, many people, both those with finances and those without, put their hope in it. Those with fat investment accounts tend to rely on what they have, and those with minimal finances think, “If I only had X amount.” Paul is pointing out that both attitudes are foolish. Verse 10 of this chapter – the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil – is far more famous, but this verse too is extremely practical. We forget the story of Abraham going to sacrifice Isaac, and God providing a ram instead. There Abraham declared, “Yahweh Yireh” (commonly mispronounced as Jehovah Jirah) – the Lord Will Provide. (Genesis 22:14) When we have that assurance, reiterated by Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 4:19), we have our hope in the right place. After all, why trust in the gift when the Giver is available?
This is very timely for me. Various factors have combined to make our financial picture more secure than I can recall it being in the 53 years of our marriage. That’s not at all to say that we are what this world – or Paul, for that matter – would call wealthy, but there is the temptation to trust in what we have been given, rather than in the One who has provided it all. It is nice not to be concerned about such sudden expenses as inspection and taxes on both our vehicles right together, but my response must be gratitude and not pride. I’ve got to remember that it could all be gone in a moment, but God is forever, and in Christ, so am I. I am indeed not to love money, but rather love the One who loved me enough to die for me. As Paul wrote to the Romans, how could He then not give me everything I need? (Romans 8:32) I am to be anxious for nothing, (Philippians 4:6) but keep my trust and obedience in the Creator of the Universe, who loves me personally and keeps track of even how many hairs I have on my head. (Luke 12:7)
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that Your provision certainly isn’t limited to the financial. It was a delightful shock this morning to discover that the mole on my chest that was scheduled to be biopsied on Monday is now completely gone! Your provision and Your plans are indeed perfect, whatever they look like to us in the moment. Help me walk in full fellowship and agreement with You throughout today and each day, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!