As I was thinking about what to write this week for the word provide, I came across the passage below. Before we skip over the word rich thinking it doesn’t apply to us, we need to realize that if we are Americans, we are rich by comparison to most people in the world.
We have drinkable, potable water that doesn’t make us or our children sick when we drink it. Very few of us have to walk miles to get our water. It comes in a spigot via pipes to our property and homes. We have electricity unless we forget to pay our bill. Very few homes don’t have access to these basic commodities. Yes, there are some that don’t have those commodities, but they are the exception, not the rule as in many parts of the world.
Despite our criticism of our health system, we are treated first and pay later…unlike many countries I have read about recently. Often, you must go to one place to purchase your medication, another to purchase your supplies and sometimes wait for hours or days until they arrive. They don’t assume insurance will pay. They want cash up front even in emergencies!
Don’t set your hope on the uncertainty of riches!
But one point of this short section of Scripture is that we are not to set our hope on the uncertainty of riches. Riches come and go. But GOD doesn’t. He remains the same. stop He is the One who provides not only what we need, but even things we can enjoy.We are not to set our hope on the uncertainty of riches. Riches come and go. But GOD doesn't. He remains the same. Click To Tweet
Ultimately, our response to the richness of his provision on so many levels is to be rich in good works…sharing generously of ourselves and our goods with others. It might be in hospitality, good deeds or even our money, that we can love people.Ultimately, our response to the richness of his provision on so many levels is to be rich in good works...sharing generously of ourselves and our goods with others. Click To Tweet
I always thought I was generous, but I realize that in times of weakness, I give in to my weakness or relative poverty and am not as generous as I wish I were. I think about the things that need to be done and aren’t getting done and find it easy to do those things instead of reaching out, being intentional and doing those things that encourage and minister to those around me.
I will have to start ministering to others despite having lists of things left to do. I will need to be more intentional instead of waiting for things to fall into my lap. I’m looking and being more watchful while remembering those in my home and family that are my primary responsibility. I’m finding that when I look, I see places where I can minister the love of Christ even in times I have limited resources of strength.
Open my eyes Lord.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty,
nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God,
who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share,
thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future,
so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
I Timothy 6:17-19