"For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs" - 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV).
People worry about it, think of ways to get more of it, and dream about how to spend it. It is called Money- a medium of exchange that allows one to secure a good or service in exchange.
Through history money has appeared in form of cowry shells, coins, paper, gold, credit cards and most recently bitcoins. At every particular point in time the more one has the more such is declared able to use that "money" get whatever he wants. Such a person is called "rich"!
Because of that power people everyday are working for it. Money is not an end in itself but a means. There are though cases where money is seen as an end with many accumulating it in hoards. The feeling of sitting on sacks of the legal currency makes such feel secure, perhaps confident that with all the money they can solve any problem.
However, there are wrong. If the mere having of money was the means to solve any problem, then multi billionaires would never die of any ailment. Their money can secure the best health care but in the end the final call is made by the Almighty God. Besides, there are certain things that money can't buy. Although money can help us secure the best services this may not result into our happinesses, especially when we are not content with what we have!
As Christians it is important we have the right attitude towards money. Because money can be used to secure goods and services we ought to find proper means like honest work and worthy investment to secure of it, as to pass through life well.
Yet, we should not be enslaved to money, for it is only an object to help us get by and not an end. For even without possession of it, God is never short of means to take care of us His children. For scripture says, "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Mathew 6:25)
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us ability to create wealth, I pray that you take care of my needs by engaging in honest work, and that my heart may not be enslaved by money but use it to serve you more, this I pray in Jesus's name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!