Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 27, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
TEMPTED BY MONEY
Everyone needs money to live. We need it to buy food, shelter and clothing – our basic needs. We sometimes believe money is our answer to wealth but that is so not true. There are plenty of people who have money but are not wealthy. Not wealthy in the sense they are happy and content. They were tempted by making money as a means to gain more worldly things which they believed would give them happiness and contentment but will soon find out things don’t provide for us what God can freely give.
1 Timothy 6:6 “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, we pray today that we don’t get trapped into the temptations that require us to have more money. Help us to remember that true wealth only comes from You. The things of the world look good to us because we are of the world. However, when we put our focus on You, we will see what You want us to see rather than what the world wants us to see. Help us to be content with You and the plans You have for us rather than focusing on money and the worldly things we can have. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When we are tempted to make more money, we need to step back and think about the reasons why.
If we have the basic needs in life, why do we continue to strive to make more money to get more things?
We don’t have to have money to be happy.
Contentment and happiness comes from within not from the things of the world.
Rather putting our priorities on money and the things we want, let’s put our emphasis on giving to those who are in need.
Many people have proved that money and things of the world don’t bring happiness. So there is no need for us to go down that same path.
1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” (NLT)