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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment."—1 Timothy 6:17 (NLT)
Trust is such a fragile thing. I’ve always believed that trust is one of the hardest things to gain in this world and at the same time one of the easiest things to lose.
Interestingly, we seem quick to trust things, institutions, and technology. What do I mean by things? Well, for example, people generally trust their banks to keep their money safe, their phones, tablets, or GPS to take them to the right place, movie and restaurant reviews from random strangers, and pretty much anything doctors, health associations, or documentaries say.
In today’s verse, Paul points out something people place a lot of trust in: their money. Often, rich people define themselves by their money—this isn’t the case with all wealthy people, but it’s a common and tragic issue, which is one of the main reasons Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:25 NIV). They trust in their wealth as a means to always keep them safe, healthy, and happy. They pride themselves on their earthly wealth and possessions, accomplishments, and status.
But it isn’t just the rich who rely so heavily on their money . . . to some extent, most of us do, too. We also often define ourselves by what we have or don’t have, where we live, what we drive, and how much we make. We depend on the money we have, and we rely on it heavily. But as Paul advised Timothy, money is unreliable. Anyone who has lost everything—like Paul did—would know this. Remember what Paul said in Philippians 3:8 (NLT): “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
So what should we rely on? We should trust in God, “who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” All that we look for and trust in when it comes to money, identity, security, fulfillment, can only be found in Christ. And when we trust in Christ and rely on Him, money can fall into its proper place as a tool God uses to supply our needs and bring Him glory. It also allows us to adopt a generous lifestyle and explore the possibilities for what God can do through what He’s given us.
DIG: Read 1 Timothy 6 and Philippians 3.
DISCOVER: What does it look like to trust in God? How are you doing so? How much are you trusting in your money and other material possessions?
DISPLAY: Commit today to trust in God. Don’t put too much stock in what you have or what you make.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.