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.
In this verse Paul tells Timothy how he should instruct wealthy Christians, he should remind them not to be arrogant. They should be taught not to put their trust in their riches but rather to set their focus on God, the one who provides everything for our enjoyment.
Wealth in itself is not bad, and can be a gift from God.
However, it should be used as a tool to honor God rather than to make a person proud, for God resists the proud but shows favor to the humble (James 4:6).
Sometimes people tend to put their trust in the things that God has provided instead of keeping their trust in God who is the provider. The things we have received from God like wealth are perishable and uncertain, but if we put our hope in God the provider, we have the assurance that we shall not lack of any good thing (psalm 34:10).
Some might think that our wealth only serves the purpose of being given to others, however the truth is, it’s not only for others but also for our enjoyment.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10.