WHEN YOU ASK GOD FOR MONEY
“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. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some
people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But
you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and
gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”- 1 Timothy 6: 9-12)
Three words are worth mentioning here:
Flee. 2. Pursue. 3. Fight
Apostle Paul tells Timothy three things. These exhortations are not only for servants of God or for
those who have a special calling for ministry. The Lord has called all of us to be members of the
kingdom of God. In other words, these words are for you and me. Often when we hear ‘pastoral
epistles’, we think that they are for pastors only. But they are for all of us. These words help us to grow
in Christ and become like Him. Let us meditate on these verses prayerfully.
Verse 9 begins with “those who want to get rich.” If we say that God has called us to be rich, we will be
very enthusiastic. But the Word here tells us not to desire to become rich. If we want to know God’s
heart, we must flee from this lust for money. When we are in this world we always want to make a lot
of money and live. We pray with that intention and work accordingly. Our children notice this, and
they also want to get a job or go abroad and make a lot of money, build a house and so on. None of
these is wrong. We do not have to live like the people of this world always thinking of money. We
should realize that we are spiritual people. God has called us all according to His plan. We should
always tell our children that we have been called for this plan. Money is not at all a component to
fulfill that plan. We often, knowingly or unknowingly, tell our children that if they study well and get
good marks they can go to a good college, and then they will get a good job. Our children then think
that once they get a good job it is all over. For them, getting a job is more important than knowing God
or going to church. Even when we go to a church, we still hear, “God will bless you, give you a good
job, and give you a home.” Even if we get all these blessings, it will be a curse to us if it does not bring
us closer to God. If these blessings draw us away from God, then we have lost the blessings we have
gained. Thus the lust for money will trap us in temptation. The devil will entice us with the greed for
money, just as one uses a trap to catch rats. So dear ones, the greed for wealth is a trap for us.
No matter how much money we make, we will never be satisfied. So when the thought of getting rich
comes to us, it puts us in temptation and traps and puts us in danger. We should all be aware of this.
Our prayer to God should be to change us from the thought of becoming rich. We should tell our
children the same thing. When we are in the church we get excited to hear about God’s faithfulness,
but do we talk about God’s faithfulness in our homes? Beloved, our children will pay attention to what
we are talking about. There are many things in this world to attract them but in the midst of it all we
have to tell them that God has a plan for them and no system in this world is needed to fulfill that
plan. If they follow God, He will give them everything they need. People of this world want to become
something here, but we, the children of God, want to fulfill the desire of God’s heart. We only need
what is required to fulfill that desire. We should have only one desire- to fulfill the desire of our God.
When this desire is revealed in us, then we feel that we do not want anything else in this world.
When we recognize God’s plan for us, our life journey will have a new meaning and we will begin to
live closer to God. Many of us are struggling financially, but we should see this problem as an
opportunity for us to meet God. We have a choice in our life journey: either we will see the faithfulness of God or wish we had a little more money. Let us look to Him and rely on Him alone in the difficulties we face.
When we come to the 10th verse, we see that the desire for money drives us away from our faith. So
we need to learn to trust God more in such difficulties. Like Caleb, let us trust fully in God. If we trust
God more than we thank Him for the blessings we have received, God will anoint us to do more for
Him than we do for Him now. Beloved, God blesses us to know Him better.
We see in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the
other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Word of God says that we can never serve two masters. We who follow Jesus Christ are his
servants. Similarly, if we serve Mammon (money), we will become its servants. The difference
between them is that we who follow Jesus Christ are accountable for every blessing He gives us. But
the Devil says that we can use the blessings we have received as we wish. Thus, as we begin to receive
each blessing, we desire to receive more and more and thus become a slave to money and the devil.
By leaving the blessings in our hands and looking at His face, we can make the blessings complete.
Wealth and other blessings will take us away from the goal of eternity. The Holy Spirit reminds us that
God alone is our Lord. Let us live following God alone in our journey on this earth and be careful not to
fall into any other trap or temptation.
In Mark 10: 17-24, we see a man coming to Jesus Christ. Jesus points out to him one of his
shortcomings. We may think that Jesus was there to find out his fault. When we see a fault in
someone, we tend to belittle that person. But here Jesus lovingly corrects him. Likewise, the Lord
points out our shortcomings not to belittle us but to help us go forward. Here it was his wealth that
prevented the man from following Jesus. Even Jesus’ disciples were amazed. They also thought that
wealth was a blessing from God. Later Jesus Christ said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to
enter the kingdom of God!” From this incident, we learn that it is not wealth but trust in wealth that is
wrong. So our prayer should that we will never rely on this wealth.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
(Matthew 4: 4). This passage is about Satan tempting Jesus Christ. Beloved, we need money to live in
this world. But we must not rely on money but come to the realization that we live by the Word of
God. If we meditate on God’s Word daily and listen to His counsel in His presence, we can stop running
after wealth. Only then can we overcome the lust for wealth. The life of George Muller is a perfect
example for us. He was a man of faith who knew God’s faithfulness very well. He ran an orphanage. At
the time of his death, there were about ten thousand orphans there. He says in his autobiography that
God has always been faithful to him. The orphanage was able to provide the children with food on
time every day. God allowed them to be fed without missing a single meal. This person would read the
Bible four times a year. It is a habit for us to make a daily Bible reading plan at the beginning of the
New Year, and to leave that plan before the middle of the year. But Muller had no specific plan to read
the Bible. He could not live a single day without reading God’s Word and trusting in Him. The Word of
God was an essential requirement for him. God wants us to come to this level and see His glory.
Let us come to the 11th verse. Here the Holy Spirit tells us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, and meekness. This world will not give any value to these qualities, but heaven greatly
values them. We must obey what heaven says, not what the world says. We must work hard for God’s
righteousness to be revealed to others through our personality. The decisions we make about
ourselves show what our personality is like. Beloved, do others see God in our personality? If not, it
does not matter what we do. May the Word of God live on in us, and may God help us to learn it and
to live according to it.
Let us see what Proverbs 11: 5, 6 says:
“The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own
wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be caught by their
Righteousness: If you walk in righteousness, that way will lead you to Christ. When you live righteously,
there will be losses and suffering, but you follow this path of righteousness to please Christ. As
followers of Christ, we often have to remain silent in times that require a reply. Carry the cross and
follow Him in such situations. Your cross will transform you into the likeness of Christ.
Godliness – Let us see what is said in 1 Timothy 4: 7, 8. It is the desire of a child of God to always live in
godliness. If we are to live in godliness, we must listen to God’s Word, meditate, and pray. This is the
exercise. Surely we must find time for godliness. Beloved, do we set aside time for godliness? Do we
find time to meditate on God’s Word?
Let us look at 2 Timothy 4: 7.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.”
Dear ones, we are all in a race. The people of this world have their plans but we, the children of God,
live in a divine plan. The life of each of us has many levels. God must help us live through those levels
and remain faithful to God and accomplish it. When we go through many hardships and difficulties, we
are elevated to another level of life, and we will fight against all difficulties with faith. Then we will
begin to pray in faith and our prayers will become a blessing. We will hear the voice of God and then
we can be sure that we have run through His ways and we have reached the end of our race. Beloved,
many of us may be going through many hardships, but these situations will not continue forever. May
God bless us to overcome all hardships and fight the good fight of faith. If we are to fight well we must
cling to this eternal life. John 17: 3 tells us that knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ is eternal
Finally, Jeremiah 9:23 tells us to rejoice in the fact that we know God. That is where we hold on to this
eternal life. Our spirituality is perfected when we live in faithfulness to God. When we walk with God,
all our troubles, difficulties, and blessings point us to Christ. May God help each of us to hold fast to
this eternal life and fight the good fight of faith.
Transcribed: James Philip Koshy