“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”I Timothy 6:9-10
I found myself browsing in a watch store while staying in a nice hotel in Seattle, Washington. The watch store had a brand of watch that was my first real watch when I was a kid. I was given birthday money and I had enough to make the $35 purchase with tax.. For an 11 year old, it was a lot of money but I had my eye on the watch for some time as I looked at it every time we went to the department store. I proudly made my purchase at the department store, and I wore the watch with pride and flashed it every time I got.
The watch store I entered now as an adult was owned by the same company, but the watch I was looking at was listed at a far significant price which greatly exceeded the $35 I paid as a kid.. I was escorted to the back where they repair the watches, and a private room where the negotiations take place. The lady wore gloves as she showed me the watch, and I was scared to clasp the watch on my wrist. She spoke to me as if owning the watch was such a simple ordeal although the watch was in the thousands. I listened to her for some time and try to make the figures work in my head. Rebekah did not say no but she certainly did not say yes, so I quickly exited the store and fled temptation.
We are often motivated and driven by things we think will make us happy. There is nothing wrong with owning nice things, but things should not be our focus in life. The riches of this world grow wings and fly away and our pursuit of them will be meaningless in eternity. Our happiness should not be based on nice watches or a big salary, but our contentment will only come from our Lord and Savior. I have met wealthy people who think of God as a crutch to those who don’t have the financial means that they do. Money can become a god and it can provide a false sense of security. Money cannot buy you more time; neither can it provide you health. All the money in the world will not satisfy when God calls us home. My Dad used to say, “It’s not how much money you make, but it’s how much you save.” It’s seems the more you make the more you spend and the more you desire.
Where is your love today? Do you love money or do you love God? What occupies your thoughts? Do you dwell on God or do you dwell on that shiny watch in the watch store? Are you content with the money God has given you or do you desire to be “rich”? May our walk with God be what we desire and love, and may we be grateful for His gracious provision. Our satisfaction can only be found in our Father and the love of money will only leave us wanting more. Our actions will reflect whom and what we love. May we be driven to work hard to please our God and not in vain pursuit of that which can never satisfy.