His Riches Or Uncertain Riches
Mark 10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Revelation 3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Ephesians 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
This devotional entitled Your Greatest Wealth was written by Evangelist Wil Rice.
Have you ever known a rich, miserable person? Maybe you have known a lot of poor, miserable people. The truth is that you can be rich and miserable, or you can be poor and miserable. You can also be rich or poor and be happy. Your greatest wealth in life is found in what you do and how you live, not in what you have.
I Timothy 6:17 says, *Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.* The Bible mentions those who are rich in this world as a reminder of the fact that whatever money we have has wings and will fly away. Certainly we came into this world with nothing, and we will leave the same way. The warning here is that those who have money in this world are not to be lifted up by their wealth nor trust in uncertain riches.
I can think of no word that more accurately describes riches than the word *uncertain.* When you consider the rise and fall of the stock market and the changing fortunes of people the world over on a weekly basis, you realize how uncertain money can be.
However, I can*t think of a better word in this context for God than the *living* God. What does this living God do? He gives to us. How? He gives to us richly. What does He give? He gives all things. Why? He gives them to us to enjoy. How amazing!
Paul warned in I Timothy 4 about false teachers who taught against meat and marriage. If I think about some of the things that I enjoy on a daily basis, money, meat, and marriage all come to mind. While money cannot ultimately make you happy, I am thankful for the money I have. I am thankful for the pleasure of meals every day, and how I thank God for marriage and the wife God has given me!
So, God has given *us richly all things to enjoy.* That is something you can do regardless of how much you have to enjoy. I*d rather enjoy much than have much. I don*t have to have a lot of money in order to have a rich life.
1 Timothy 6:18 says, *That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.* So, regardless of how much money you have today, you are to be rich, ready, and willing. I don*t know how much money you have, but I do know that the amount of joy you have depends on how you steward what you have. Realize that God has given us richly all things to enjoy, and then be a steward of what God has entrusted to you. Be rich, ready, and willing to give.