Out of the Trap
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10
“I have learned the secret of being content.” (Philippians 4:12)
The Venus flytrap was first discovered in a small area of sandy wetlands in North Carolina. These plants are fascinating to watch because they’re carnivorous.
Venus flytraps release a sweet smelling nectar into colorful traps that resemble open flowers. When an insect crawls inside, sensors along the outer rim are triggered and the trap clamps shut in less than a second-capturing its victim. The trap then closes further and emits enzymes that consume its prey over time, giving the plant nutrients not provided by the sandy soil.
God’s Word tells of another trap that can capture unexpectedly. The apostle Paul warned his protege Timothy: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” And “some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Money and material things may promise happiness, but when they take first place in our lives, we walk on dangerous ground. We avoid this trap by living with thankful, humble hearts focused on God’s goodness to us through Jesus: “godliness with contentment is great gain.”
The temporary things of this world never satisfy like God can. True lasting contentment is found only through our relationship with Him.
What has been the most helpful information you’ve received regarding money? What’s been the worst?
How do you know how God wants you to spend money? When you contemplate making a substantial purchase, is prayer part of the deciding process?
“Money and material things may promise happiness, but when they take first place in our lives, we walk on dangerous ground.”