Chasing after riches…
Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself. (Proverbs 23:4)
There is a tingling, a glint of the eye, maybe if I just did this, if I just worked harder, if I trained as this, or that….maybe. The desire to be rich has led many people into error and caused them to stumble. Paul reminds Timothy
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 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. (1 Timothy 6:9, 10, 17-19 ESV)
The root is a love of money, incidentally the love of money is a root, not the root. Subtle, but profound – how many times is this misquoted? The root of evil is satan, and he will use many things to tempt. Admittedly, money is high on the list, but it has many brothers.
We are to be content with food and clothing, why should we war ourselves out chasing after worldly riches? The Lord knows we need money. He knows we need to live. It is a heart issue of trust.
I have been looking at houses, as we feel we are to move. The test in it has been to not think, if only I had trained as a Doctor, or a vet, or this or that. In a moment, my eyes are off the goal and my thinking is out of kilter with the truth.
While the the unproductive daydream is lurking behind, a conversation later that day speaks into my heart. The conversation was relaying a moment someone had had where they woke up in the night and heard God say, if you look after my house, I will look after yours. In a moment, the lord quickens this to my heart and I realise the destructive nature of my daydreams. Brought back to a place of trust and knowing his call.
I love the way he does it, not engineered yet profound in speaking into the heart of me. I now feel I have greater strength to pursue the house that is right for us trusting God will provide, yet tempering my pursuit of a new house and reminded of my call to watch over his house first. He is no mans debtor, and I know that is the place of the greatest joy. If I were to pursue the daydreams I know there would be upset and difficulty – His way is good, perfect and pleasing and a whole lot less hard work than the pursuit of earthly riches.