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. 1 Timothy 6:17
The very reason Timothy needed to inform the wealthy about putting their hope in wealth was because they were doing just that. It’s very easy to do. When you have all the “creature comforts” met, what else do you need” or so it goes. But wealth is fleeting and uncertain. We, of course, know this in theory, but when faced with wealth ourselves, we tend to like it and get used to it.
During each economic bubble, the wealthy thought their streak would never end. Until it did.
What’s missing in the message about never putting your hope in wealth is the flipside: God will provide us with everything for our enjoyment. That’s a pretty amazing statement, isn’t it?
Take it as a dare, if you need. Test Him on it. I’m not at all trying to be cavalier about it, but Paul made the statement, so why not try it out? You see, this verse isn’t just for the wealthy. It’s for all of us. Paul’s command is for all of us to put our hope in God. It’s simple but powerful statement.