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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.
These are the instructions from the Apostle Paul to his young protégé, Timothy, concerning the ministry to certain people within the Early Church. He said, don’t allow the rich people to become arrogant because of their wealth. Also, tell them Paul said not to put their hope in riches but in God alone because God has made everything for our enjoyment.
Maybe you’re like me and whenever you read about the Apostle Paul and his many teachings, you see a man who is “All In” for Jesus Christ. The thought that Paul would take time to enjoy anything is quite alarming. I’ve always seen him as a “tough guy” for Jesus. But here he talked about a loving, Heavenly Father who is concerned that we all ENJOY living. St. Paul said, “God Provides Everything For Our Enjoyment.” Unfortunately, this passage of scripture has not been taught very much within the church. We’ve got God’s missions heart down pat. If you get money, give it all to missions work where people are less fortunate than you. But when Paul says that God has provided everything for our enjoyment, it leaves most “Followers Of Jesus” shaking their heads and trying to match ends. My father was afraid of money, so he gave most of his away. To this day, years after his death, I hear stories told of my dad sending money monthly to a brand-new missionary in some far-off station of Christian missionary work. HOWEVER, the truth is we can do both. We can give our money, and we can enjoy the money God gives us because “God Provides Everything For Our Enjoyment.”
This AM I’ve got fresh insight from Your word about how You really do want us to enjoy life on this side of heaven while we look forward to our eternal home. Thank You, Lord, that you have made everything for our enjoyment. Amen