Daily Devotionals

August 21st, 2022

Read: 1 Timothy 6:10 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.

Money is the root of all evil. How many times have you heard that phrase? If we carefully take another look at what Paul is saying in Scripture, we see he is saying that money is the root of ALL KINDS of evil. Money in itself is not evil – what we believe about it can be. Maybe we say that being rich isn’t everything but when we look at our possessions or our desire to keep up with the Jones’, we start seeing the control money has over our lives. Perhaps we are content with our status and do not desire possessions but we still have to pay for the roof over our head and put food on the table. We justify that as a reasonable need for money – and it is. But if we find ourselves worried or working so much that our family is neglected, we find that money is indeed becoming evil. It is becoming an idol. 

I must confess, I have caught myself doing the same thing. What I realized is that in my worried state I am telling God: I do not believe You will take care of all my needs and that You are smaller than any need I have. When I thought about it that way, I began to find peace, watched my faith grow, and my needs met. 

In Philippians 4:19, Paul gives us confidence to resist the kind of evil money can bring: I am convinced” (not worried) “that my God will fully satisfy every need you” (that’s us) “have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through Jesus Christ!” Let’s be like Paul and be confident knowing our God is bigger than money and let our faith grow to receive the abundant riches of His glory.