Day 16

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

I Timothy 6:10

Paul’s letter to Timothy informs us that loving money is a centuries-old spiritual problem. How does one “wander from the faith” because of money? It usually begins with complicating our lives to make money and attain more stuff or a certain lifestyle. It begins by doing the opposite of simplifying. There are many scenarios we could imagine that would be examples of complicating our lives to have more money - to pursue more money. This is truly a personal evaluation because of the many different contexts and family dynamics. What we all need to examine is our time, our values, our expenditures. Do we spend so much time making money that we have none left for the spiritual pursuits that keep our hearts close to Jesus? Do we have an eternal perspective when it comes to our “treasure?” Jesus said where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also (Matthew 6:21). Do we spend so much that there is nothing left for giving - giving to Kingdom work, giving to the poor - to Jesus (Matthew 25)? Do we spend too much time fretting over money, or thinking about how to attain more? We can fill our lives to the brim chasing after the material world until we stop chasing after God. Holy Scripture warns us we can wander from the faith - because of money and what it buys - money and things that will mean nothing on the day we face eternity. During this time of a forced pause, let’s examine our time, our focus, our “eager” pursuits, our hearts.

Pray Psalm 146:

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord;

I will sing praises to my God

While I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,

Nor in a son of man

In whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;

In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,

Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Who made heaven and earth,

The sea and all that is in them;

Who keeps truth forever,

Who executes justice for the oppressed,

Who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;

The Lord raises those who are bowed down;

The Lord watches over the strangers;

He relieves the fatherless and widow;

But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

The Lord shall reign forever-

Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

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