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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enjoying Life

In review of 1 Timothy 6:17 it says, “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.”

Bottom Line:
Let those who are rich know that they shouldn't be trusting in their wealth, as it can be easily lost. Rather they should learn to put their trust and hope in God. God is the one who provides us with everything we need and should enjoy in life.

What this means to me:
I am to not put trust in money that I have in the bank or assets I own, these are things that are easily lost. Rather I should always look to God, as He is the one who provides all that I need and can enjoy in this life. Likewise I should communicate this same message to others.

This verse reminds me that when things are going well and I have some funds banked, it’s easy to relax and trust in having money to get me through it. With this thought pattern, I may be trusting in having this more than in trusting God to provide for me. This lesson comes at a key time, especially as I see account balance dwindle down to lesser amounts due to medical expenses that have just come in.

Also, money and the economy causes a lot of stress for people and can even affect me. Seems money that I have goes quicker than I would have liked it to have gone. This verse today also  reminds me that God has given me all I have to enjoy this life.

With Christ as my leader, I can enjoy life because my conscience is clear. I can enjoy life because I’m secure within God’s love. I can have fun and laugh in church. I can enjoy friends who don’t manipulate me because they are learning to be like Jesus, and that means they are learning to look out for the interests of others.

Unfortunately, there are those who do not want to let God into their lives because they fear he will make them give up anything that is fun. They think that to become a Christian is the same as saying the party’s over, that to be spiritual is to be miserable.

People are frantically looking for fun fixes, but that means they operate under the law of diminishing returns. They spend more time, more money, and more energy to get less and less of a thrill. They go around asking, “Are we having fun yet?”

The truth is, God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17b NIV).

God wants me to enjoy my life and all he has provided.  Today is a good day for me to thank God for all he has provided and how he as worked in my life. I want to enjoy each day, as it is a gift from God in which I can make a difference to those around me.