These verses will be my focus this week. There are so many important lessons bound up in them that I desperately need to learn.
If we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 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.
The images presented of people who go after wealth are potent and tragic. Men are plunged into ruin and destruction. They are literally pushed deeply down into new troubles. Not only does the love of money bring one down into an abyss of troubles, it causes us to harm ourselves. We stumble away from the truth, grasping at ephemeral goods and wounding ourselves in the process. It seems safe to add that we harm others as well.
I think I failed to notice something: the most tragic consequence of longing for money is the loss of our faith. I suppose to reaches back to Christ’s own warning that we cannot serve Mammon and God both. Love money, long for money, and you soon stop loving God and longing for Him. We believe the money will fill our voids and make us whole. No wonder griefs follow!!