The Love of Money

The most misquoted verse in the Bible is 1 Timothy 6:10. They say, “Money is the root of all evil.” But the verse says it is the “love of money.”

1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

New American Standard Bible

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We assume this verse only applies to the rich. But the poor can be greedy, grasping, and discontent, too.

David and I have lived under the poverty level a few times. We had a choice. We could continue giving to God over and above our tithes (10%) or we could buy lottery tickets and try our luck at gambling. We chose the first option every time and God pulled our income back up.

I was sure we didn’t have a problem with money whether it was just enough or we had extra.

Then I read Hebrews 13.

Hebrews 13:5, 6, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have, for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ 6) so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ “

New American Standard Bible

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Is my character free from the love of money? Do I rejoice when my friends get a new car, house, or go on a trip? Or do I think, “It must be nice?”

Am I “saving for a rainy day” or hoarding? Have I missed church working for money?

Am I content with everything God has provided or do I treat it with disdain wanting newer, bigger, or better? Do I clean and maintain them or treat them like junk?

Do I fill my refrigerator with food and then throw it away when it spoils?

God promises never to leave us. He helps us stretch our money to its greatest potential. He provides our food, (see 2020 post). We don’t have to be afraid of going hungry.

We need not fear rising gas prices. He will show us where to cut back on our spending to cover it.

He has a new car for us. Our job is to save to pay for it when it is delivered!

I look at external things. God is working on my character.

1 Timothy 6:17, 18, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18) Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”

New American Standard Bible

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Dear Lord, keep my character free from the love of money. Amen

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Loaves

Our local grocery store has “2-day sales” and the items are at their lowest price. They call those specials “loss leaders” because they don’t make money on them; it is just incentives to get you to shop there.

I plan my menus around the “loss leaders” and sale items. When there is a good price on an item I buy regularly, I stock up.

This week they had peanut butter as a loss leader. I added “2 peanut butter” to my list. When I was putting the groceries away, I saw I already had 2 peanut butter on the bottom shelf! It’s time to update my food inventory!

Mark 6:38, “He said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ ” Modern English Version

Dear Father God,

Forgive me for not checking the items in my pantry. I know You have a purpose for that peanut butter! Show me what to do with it.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Saturday, January 7, 2016

Update on yesterday’s post: It was worse than I thought! They only had the clothes on their backs!

Mark 6:9, “But to wear sandals, and not put on two tunics.” Modern English Version

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More Than Enough Bread

Exodus 16:12, “…Now tell them that each evening they will have meat and each morning they will have more than enough bread…”

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for 430 years. I doubt any of them were overweight. They would have been given enough food to stay alive, but not much more.

How did God rebuild his people into strong men, women, and children? He gave them “more than enough” bread in the morning and meat in the evening.

Instead of denying ourselves bread, we may want to eat it before noon and eat our protein at the evening meal.

The First Barbeque!

Adam and Eve, and all the animals, lived on grain, fruit, and vegetables, (see Genesis 1:29, 30). It wasn’t until after the flood that meat was eaten.

Genesis 9:23, “All animals, birds, reptiles, and fish will be afraid of you. I have placed them under your control, and I have given them to you for food. From now on, you may eat them, as well as the green plants that you have always eaten.”

Noah had food in the Ark, but it would not have lasted until the plants and trees could bear fruit again. God supplemented their diets with meat.

That is why God had Noah take seven pairs of cows, sheep, goats, and birds. These were “clean” animals, or ones that could be used for a sacrifice.

I have to admit…I still eat a lot of hamburger and chicken!

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

The congestion in my head settled in my chest and I went for some chicken noodle soup. This old remedy may have been used in Biblical times.

2 Samuel 13:6, “So Amnon went to bed and pretended to be sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said, Please, ask Tamar to come over. She can make some special bread while I watch, and then she can serve me the bread.”

“Special bread: dumplings.” CEV Bible Notes

Amnon requested chicken and dumplings!

“I Will Rest In You” – Worship Together

 

December 28, 2013

My daughter gave me a plate for Christmas with the phrase, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” printed on it. In the center of the plate is a picture of a gray-headed man, with hands clasped, praying over a loaf of bread and a bowl of soup.

We had a print of that painting hanging in our kitchen for years. It reminded me that simple meals are just as filling as seven-course dinners.

When a co-worker purchased their first house, we gave them that print to remind them that God would take care of them.

Even when there is no food on the table, i.e. during a time of fasting, God still takes care of us.

Matthew 4:2, “And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.”

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit when he went to the wilderness or desert. The Spirit sustained Him for those 40 days. We do not need to fear going hungry; but be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit.

“I am your Refuge and Strength, an ever-present Help in trouble. Therefore, you don‘t need to be afraid of anything.” Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young

“Blessed Be Your Name” by Chris Tomlin

 

 

November 16, 2013

“I’m Ruby Kuhns and my husband, Jacob, and I have 11 children…We own a 170-acre farm…and bake for farmers markets…two restaurants, a nursing home and a HyVee store…Regina hitched “Rita” to the open buggy and took green beans over to sister Betty’s; we have canned 96 quarts and that is all we need.” Our Iowa Magazine, October/November 2013

This Amish family gets up at, or before, 4:00 a.m. and works until almost dark. They have plenty of food. The interesting thing is Ruby decided how many quarts of green beans that she would need and sold or gave away the rest. What a contrast to the people in today’s verse.

Numbers 11:5, “We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt and without cost, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.”

The Hebrews remembered eating free food; but forgot that they were slaves. They also got up early and worked until dark; but others reaped the profit of their labor.

How much is enough? What price are we willing to pay? Are we in slavery just to keep getting “free food?”

God promises to supply our every need; not all we want or desire.

I used to make my grocery list based on the amount in our budget. Sometimes I would have to cut the list and wait a week to purchase those items. Other times there would be money left over and I would spend it.

Now I make a list of what we need and the items that are on sale. I have found we “needed” less money in our budget for food than before.

“All We Need” by Charlie Hall

 

November 3, 2013

Whenever I say we are having leftovers for supper, my husband usually asks, “Leftover what?”

He would prefer I never serve leftovers, but God says leftovers are okay!

Leviticus 7:16, “But if the sacrifice of the worshiper’s offering is a vow or a free will offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the morrow that which remains of it shall be eaten.”

The Israelites had leftover manna every Sunday! (Exodus 15:5.)

“Come and Dine” by Gary Chapman

 

 

July 16, 2013

My favorite vendor at the Farmer’s Market was Ernest. He had the earliest produce. When I asked his secret, he told me he planted lettuce, spinach, radishes and peas during January thaw. If we didn’t have a thaw, he threw his seeds on top of the snow. They would sink down to the mud and the thawing snow would water them.

I saw a similar thing in today’s verse and now understand the phrase, “Cast your bread upon the water.”

Isaiah 32:20, “Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks; for the seed will sink into the mud and when the waters subside, the plant will spring up; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely].”

“Before sowing, they send oxen, etc., into the water to tread the ground for sowing.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

 

May 26, 2013

My son is working out and paying attention to his diet. One day he showed me a salad he was eating for lunch. He said it was all protein: chicken, bacon, cheese, spinach…spinach?

He said, “Sure, you know like Popeye, the sailor man!”

When you want to build your strength, you eat meat!

Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food is for full grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”

“The solid meat, or food, is not absolutely necessary for preserving life, but is so for acquiring greater strength…Even strong men partake of milk, but do not make milk their chief, much less their sole, diet.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II