"Trust Not In Riches"
May 4, 2011
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, not to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.1 Timothy 6:17
As of this writing, the prices of gold and gas have been going up even as the prices of most homes have continued to slide.
Things which once appeared to be secure no longer seem so.
This is why all of us want to make sure our money is being kept in a safe place -- a place like a bank -- but not the bank in Lucknow, India.
Some folks in that community wanted to make doubly sure their cash was safe. That's why they stored their rupees, 10 million rupees (about $220,000) in a steel chest, a chest which they entrusted to the vaults of their local bank.
That was in January.
Recently, a check was made on the condition of the cash -- the no-longer-there cash. What happened? Some daring thief? Some teller gone bad?
Nope. Nothing that dramatic. Apparently, an army of termites contentedly consumed the currency. The bank reports in the past they have had termites go through documents and furniture, but this is the first time they ever went for the dough.
This all goes to prove St. Paul was right when he said we shouldn't set our hopes on the uncertainty of riches.
History and experience tell us there are few things in this life that can be trusted, and certainly nothing and no one as reliable as the Triune God. In the Person of His Son, our Savior, He faithfully kept the promise of hope He first gave to our ancestors when they sinned.
With all Old Testament prophecies fulfilled through Jesus' life, suffering, death and resurrection, the Christ has shown He can be trusted and the grace He extends to us is a permanent thing.
This is why the writer to the Hebrews encourages us with these words: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).
It's something to remember in uncertain times.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks that while this world is filled with things uncertain, You can always be trusted and relied upon. Grant me the grace to look to You for hope in this world as well as in the next. This I ask in Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries