Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 22nd, 2021

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)

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Hope in God

Back in October, an Afghan man living in hiding for months was able to escape Afghanistan with his family and was hoping that soon they would be in Canada. Reza Kateb had spent time working with the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan and helped implement the Afghan elections, ultimately winning an award from Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan in 2016. But when the Taliban took over the capital city of Kabul in late August, Kateb and his family had to flee out of fear for Taliban retribution for his involvement with Canada’s government.

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It doesn’t take long these days to notice that the world has no idea where to look for hope. In a day of pandemic, political upheaval and natural disasters, many are wondering if there is any hope at all for the future. This won’t come as a surprise to students of the Bible. It clearly teaches that the only hope we have is in the person of Jesus Christ. In his admonition to his young mentee, Timothy, the apostle Paul writes this in 1 Timothy 6:17: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” No one in all of history has been as wealthy as Canadians are today. Even kings of old didn’t have all we have now. But wealth is a fickle and unjust god. It can disappear in a heartbeat. It can lead to arrogance and pride – both of which lead to death. Only when we put our faith in Jesus do we have a certain future.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley