“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (I Timothy 6:9)
Those who wish to become wealthy fall into the traps of satan unknowingly. They try short cuts to achieve their goal and subsequently violate the rules and regulations laid by the government. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:10).
One family invited me with a compulsion to inaugurate their hotel. So I went and inaugurated it after worship and prayer. After the ceremony, I expressed my wish to them to go around the hotel but they were not willing to do that. The reason is that there was a bar in the hotel in which imported liquor bottles had been stored for sale. I was very sad to notice this. I told them that it was not right and such things will sadden God.
In another road, I noticed a wine shop with the name board ‘Daniel Wine Shop.’ Its sole proprietor once stood strong in God’s ministry. Craze towards money and the greed to become wealthy were the reasons for his downfall. Is it not the greed over money which led Achor to get attracted to the Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels? Because of this, his entire family was stoned to death. Similarly, the greediness of Gehazi made him run after Naaman to take something from him. All he received from God was curse and incurable leprosy. Is it not?
The second snare is ‘fearing to man.’ “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25). With what is your heart filled? Is it with fear to man? Or with holy fear to God? Who fears God will stay away from the evils. He will run away from the sins with the fear that ‘there is a God who watches me and I am accountable to him.’ Such a person will be guided by the Lord to the end.
The third snare is failing to fulfill the vow. “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy and afterward to reconsider his vows (Proverbs 20:25). “If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth (Numbers 30:2).
To meditate: “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11)