07 Mar Root of All Evil – 3/7/21
1 Timothy 6:9-10 – “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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. In these verses, Paul is describing two things that happen to those whose desire only wealth: we will plunge into ruin/destruction and wander from our faith. He uses the word “fall” because the greed for money leads to a downward spiral and ensnares those into a life of ruin and destruction. The Greek word Paul uses here is pagida: a trap that usually uses bait to capture an animal. In 2 Timothy 2:26, it says that we must be granted wisdom and discernment to “escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will”. The devil uses worldly desires such as money to stop us from being effective sons and daughters in Christ. Paul writes that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. What are some sins that come from the love of money? Pride, envy, idolatry, discontentment, greed… The love for money causes us to take our eyes off of God, and stray from our walk with Him.
Jesus, thank you for being an all-knowing God. You know our weaknesses and struggles; you know that we may sometimes struggle with being people of this world. Please help us “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Jesus, help us not to worry about money and instead know that you have said: “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10). Thank you for being a God who is just and faithful. We know that we will not lack anything, and that our real treasures are stored up in heaven for us. Please forgive me because I have cared more about this world then you. Jesus, be the king of my heart; not money, not success, not the opinion of others, or anything that passes away with time. Amen.