The Bible talks a lot about the dangers of money. Money isn’t a bad thing. The problem is that money can corrupt. Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 6:7 that, “We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (NIV). Even so, many people are not content to have the food and clothing Paul mentions in the next verse. People want more. And that desire to always have more keeps man from being content with the blessings of God.
In verse 6, Paul says “godliness with contentment is great gain” (ESV). Great gain. To be content with godliness is great gain. Yet, there is a warning here. Paul notes that many people want to be rich. The desire causes them to fall into temptation. They want more. They desire more. This results in entrapment by “foolish and harmful desires.”
God knows our needs and He sees to it that we have whatever we need to continue forward with what He has called us to do in life. When we take our focus off of His plan for our life, and we try to be like the Jones family next door, we plunge into ruin and destruction. We spend our life trying to live like someone else and we miss what God wanted for us. We focus on getting more, on building an earthly kingdom, instead of fixing our eyes on the Kingdom. Don’t take the plunge. Thank God for His blessings!
“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.” – 1 Timothy 6:9 [NLT]
Every year, there is the annual ant season. I get out the ant baits and liquid gel a friend recommended. In a few days, everything is back to normal. But before this happens, there is a time period when the ants come and take the bait. This morning, as I was checking to be sure things were flowing smoothly, my daughter asked me about how the ant bait works. I explained the process.
As I was explaining everything, I considered the plight of the ants. An ant grabs the stuff from the bait contraption and carries it back to his home. He shares this with his family and friends. Together, they fall. It’s a simple process that works each year during ant season. But it’s also a process that is played out with humans.
We, like the ants, can take the bad bait and carry it to our homes, which results in destruction. It is sad, but it happens often. We carry home our acts of sin. We carry home lies the devil has provided. We carry home false teaching. We carry home a lot of things that can cause problems. Today, take back your house. Consider what’s coming into your house. Is it right? Is it pure? Is it truth? Don’t allow the devil to get a foothold.
“Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.” – 3 John 1:11 [NLT]
There are times when we do things that we do not think effect other people but we never can foresee how far of a ripple effect our actions can have on those around us. For David, he committed an act of adultery. One would likely say that would only effect him and the couple involved, but that wasn’t true. There are often times when we do something and others are hurt by our sins. Others are affected no matter our intentions.
In this case, Bathsheba became pregnant so David attempted to get Uriah to spend time with his wife to cover up the sin. Uriah pledged his allegiance to the Israelites and the king and slept on the steps. David even tried to use alcohol to get Uriah to spend the night with his wife, but that didn’t work. Finally, David had Joab send Uriah out to the front line and he said to pull back the men so that Uriah would surely meet his death. When the men pulled back, not only did Uriah die. There were “several other Israelite soldiers” who paid the price as well.
Never think that your sin only involves you. There is a ripple effect that you can never see coming. Sin is a nasty weed that can spread and dig itself into many areas of your life and touch many others you never intended it to reach. What a viscous web of destruction we build as we focus our eyes on evil. Today let us focus on Him and as Paul wrote, what is good and pure and beneficial.
‘And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.” – 2 Samuel 11:17 [NLT]