Intrinsically, money is neither good nor bad. What matters most is our attitude toward money. In this verse the apostle Paul is providing wise counsel to a young pastor named Timothy. The context of Paul’s statement relates to learning to be content in life. Chasing money is not the answer. Paul warns that many people have allowed their pursuit of money to lead them away from their faith into many hurtful experiences. When people fall into this temptation, the pursuit of money frequently becomes their top priority, even an obsession. Everything else takes a back seat, including faith and family.
“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” (1 Timothy 6:10, NKJV).
Numerous people I’ve known have shipwrecked their lives trying to become rich. Interestingly, some achieved their goal but still never found contentment. Financially speaking, most of us are not rich and never will be. We would be wise to accept God’s warning here and not fall into the trap of trying to chase wealth. Contentment in life can’t be had with money.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.