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Genesis 28.20-22 and 1 Timothy 6.7-9 – Reliance upon God
Posted: 11 July 2011 in 1 Timothy, Genesis

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

These two passages echo a theme which recurs in the Bible – Jesus’ statement that we cannot serve both God and mammon being a comment on the same theme. Whether we like it or not, we have to decide what our priorities are life. If our goal is to make Bill Gates look like a pauper, in comparison to us, that is the goal we will spend all our time pursuing, and God will get a scant look in. Conversely, if we really mean what we say about serving God, we cannot necessarily count on being able to do much more than hold body and soul together.

Of course that statement could be a bit misleading. What actually happens is not wholly up to us, but up to God. A large part of being a Christian is learning to live what God wills for each one of us as individuals, and a failure to do that can have the upshot that we spend many years banging our heads up against a brick wall. It is unlikely that God would will mega riches for those he has chosen, and that for the reason Jesus gave in the passage alluded to above.

Looking back over the last few posts, they seem to be on more or less the same theme. Maybe I should find a new song to sing.

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