Jul 5th 2021 · Day 186
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I remember my first pay cheque. I was sixteen and had a part-time job. Looking back now, I was paid next to nothing, yet at the time I thought I was rich. But my dad had told me I had to give some of it to the church. I remember thinking, ‘Why do I have to give the church some of my hard-earned money?’
In 1 Timothy 6, Paul warns us of the dangers of loving money. He says in verse 9 that ‘those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction’.
I was finding, the more pay cheques I was receiving the more I hated giving money away. I was gaining a deeper love for this money and what I could buy with it, and falling into the very trap Paul warned about.
Yet, in verse 17, Paul also says, ‘As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.’
After eight months, God moved me on from this weekend job. I was suddenly looking for other employment and, therefore, earning no money. Now I had to fully depend on Jesus to provide for me. I remember God clearly saying, ‘Fix your eyes not on a worldly prize but on staying in love with me.’
Jesus is far more dependable and trustworthy than any worldly prize could ever be, so we need to stay focused on Him and He will provide everything we need. And guess what? There was never a time when God didn’t provide for me.
Pause and reflect: What worldly things are you putting your hope in, instead of Jesus, today? Ask God to help you fully depend on Him and His faithfulness today.
Lydia and her family have been part of the Victory family for nearly seven years. Now aged 18 and currently studying in Bible College, Lydia serves on the Youth and Worship Team at Victory Church. Her heart is passionate for seeing the next generation set free and on fire for God.
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