Words from the Heart for Monday August 6th, 2018
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
I Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)
Who Gives Us Richly
A holiday such as today provides the opportunity to enjoy the day with family and friends. Our living God is very gracious and is the source of every blessing we have in our lives. He gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let us live our lives with a heart of thankfulness to Him. He has made our dependency on Him a delight.
In a time of surging global income-inequality, one country’s gap between its very poorest and richest is shrinking. According to new data from Statistics Canada, the poorest Canadian families have seen big gains in the past few years. Since 2013, the household wealth of the poorest 20% of Canadians has increased, in real terms, by 24%. Now, the average Canadian family’s net worth is $208,000. The very richest Canadians, on the other hand, saw strong but smaller gains to their personal wealth.
One of the greatest challenges to the Gospel in our country today is materialism. Jesus spoke about how difficult it is for a wealthy man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who have so much of what the world has to offer, who live in comfort, put their trust in their wealth and material possessions. They have the means by which to cover over the emptiness in their soul. They refuse to recognize that all they have is because of the blessing of God – every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights the Bible says. The apostle Paul understood this and counsels his young friend Timothy, in 1 Timothy 6:17: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” Trusting in riches in idolatry, and as with all idols, riches have no power when it comes to things eternal. They will leave us empty and without hope as we face the grave. Only Jesus can fill our hearts with His presence and peace.
These have been words from the heart.