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Hope – Day 22

1 Timothy 6:17

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.

The Thought

When I read this verse, I so wish I had the ear of many of today’s rich people, and those in government positions around the world at the moment. Many of our leaders need to hear that Almighty God who really does have the whole world in His hands is the only one to trust. Feeling confident because of a bank balance, or because of “good connections” in any social club, political party or family history is not a solid basis for success tomorrow, or even today!

Who amongst us knows what will really happen tomorrow. Many across the world have recently experienced sudden shocks when a disease has struck unexpectedly or plans have had to change because extreme weather has struck an airport or port.

Praise God that He sees all these things. He  often even sends or at least uses many of those calamities for His purposes. Remember that the winds and the waves obey Him (Matthew 8:27).

The last words of today’s verse written by Paul to encourage Timothy in his pastoral work, surprise me a little. Paul is not renowned for his enjoyment of life, and his letters often make us think he is a hard master, but maybe he took time to relax occasionally, and he certainly was appreciated in all the places he began new churches.


Think about Paul’s teachings today, what do you suppose he thought of as “enjoyment”? What gave him pleasure?

What gives you pleasure?

Ask God to help you bring pleasure to others today, whether at home, work or someone you casually meet.

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