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Monday, July 27, 2015

How God Helps To Enjoy 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:
We are to let those who are rich in this world, not to be arrogant or to put their trust in wealth which can be easily lost. Rather they should put their hope in God who richly provides everything we need to enjoy life.

What this means to me:
I am to learn and teach others that rely on riches in this world, not to be arrogant about it or even put their trust in it, as it can be easily lost. Rather we should put our hope in God who will always richly provide everything that is needed to really enjoy life.

No matter what might be taking place in life, God still wants me to enjoy life.

He doesn’t want me to live without fun. The apostle Matthew spent three years with Jesus and he wrote, “The Son of Man came, enjoying life” (Matthew 11:19a Phillips).

As a Christian, I can enjoy life because my conscious is clear. I can enjoy life because I’m secure within God’s love. I can have fun and I can enjoy friends and family.

I’m sure there are those who do not want to let God into their lives because they fear God 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 way you fight fear is with truth and the truth says God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17b NIV).

God loves me. I should let him carry my burden, and give him that worry that may be stressing me out. It’s time to enjoy life!

In thinking about this, I enjoy a certain amount of riches in my life, however I should keep from becoming arrogant or allow myself to trust in what I have, as this will prove to be uncertain. Rather my hope should be in God alone who already provides everything I need to enjoy life. I really need to watch out for arrogance or putting my hope in the wrong things. Today I thank you God for providing everything that is really needed to enjoy life. You will always take care of my basic needs, so I should not rely on what I have to make me happy. When things seem slow or boring, I don’t need to go out and spend money or think about spending money to develop happiness. Today’s verse reminds me that God provides everything I need to enjoy life.  Perhaps I should think about how I can fill my life with ways I can serve. This will eliminate the slow or boring times when I start to think about riches to fulfill my life.

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