Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The uncertainty of riches

"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not . . . to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy." 1 Timothy 6:17

We think of poverty as uncertain and riches as secure and certain. Yes, poverty is uncertain. But so are riches. Riches in this present age cannot be anything but uncertain. It is their nature to go up, then down, then up, then whatever. And the more riches, the more of this endless uncertainty. Even big banks fail.

Christians are not surprised when riches prove to be as uncertain as the Bible has always said they are. Our hope is in God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

Uncertainty with anxiety versus hope with enjoyment. May we be living proof of hope in God during these days of testing.