The Temptation of Riches
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9
The problem described here is not riches, but the eager desire for riches. Therefore, this truth applies to people of great wealth as well as people who are poor. It describes the person who sets his heart on acquiring more, merely for the sake of having more, no matter what their income is. The Apostle Paul is waving a warning flag to those who keep planning to get rich. Then, like a fisherman casting a lure, so the devil will set a trap to cause the one to covet the wrong objects. If we are not careful, we will step into the snare and be entangled as an animal. Beware of the bait of wealth and materialism.
- Gracious Providing Father, remind me that all I need comes from Your merciful hand. You are my portion. Help me to grow in what You have given and not desire what You have graciously withheld.