Daily Devotional: Day 11
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV).
The world can give you money without wisdom, but God will not give you money without his wisdom. Without divine wisdom, money can lead your heart astray. This has happened to many people. But it must not happen to you. Money is a means, not an end. When money becomes an end, it becomes a god. And many people worship and idolize money without realizing it. Judas became a victim to the love of money. See where it ended him (Matthew 26:14-16). Being God’s child, remember that the Lord is your shepherd; you shall not lack. Having money is necessary to having a decent, stress-free life. Besides, God is not against you becoming rich. In fact, he blesses us with power for wealth. The Bible says, “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). God wants the best for you, but he doesn’t want you to become a slave to money. Being a slave to money means subjecting your heart to the love of money, thereby prioritizing money over and above your Christian values and your integrity.
What you need the most is God’s wisdom, not money. You’ll have money at some point, but remember that, in the sight of God, accumulation of money isn’t necessarily a sign of success. For God, success begins with walking in his wisdom and in the fear of God. God was pleased when King Solomon asked for wisdom instead of wealth (1 Kings 3:9-12). You, too, are a royal in the Kingdom of God. For you, the key to godly success is to prioritize God’s wisdom. Armed with this wisdom, you’ll gain divine insight into how to generate wealth without falling victim to the seductive power of money. You’re from God’s royal house. Let money serve you, but don’t be a slave to money.
Dear Father, you’re the King of my heart. Thank you for giving me the power to get wealth. Give me wisdom to walk with integrity and never become a slave to anything. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Hebrews 13:5-6; Proverbs 8:1-21
Pastor Stephen “Steve” Bilson-Ogoe
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)
Manassas, Virginia, USA
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared” (Titus 2:11)