“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”
1 Timothy 6:10 HCSB
Money (and other material gains) is good but can be a snare. The Psalmist recognizing this prayed thus:
“Turn my heart to Your decrees and not to material gain.”
Psalms 119:36 HCSB
This is a prayer worthy of repetition; for the love of money is ever on the increase and must be subjected to the knowledge of God. If not, it will be worshipped as if it were a god.
In the time of Jesus, the love of money and material gain was a great snare. The devil tempted Jesus with it.
In Matthew 4:8-9 (HCSB) he took Jesus “to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Jesus’ response is worthy of note. He replied, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” – Matthew 4:10 HCSB
Paul also warns Timothy, a man of God, about how the love of money will cause one to wander from the faith. The word “wander” communicates a drifting from a certain path onto another; a deviation.
In this instance, the wanderer or drifter is on the path of the faith but deviates because of the love of money. As a result of this, he is pierced with many pains.
So how does one avoid this terrible deviation? To paraphrase Jesus, “Be devoted to God.” (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)
Paul, writing under the influence of the Holy Spirit, advises Timothy about this same issue thus:
‘But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” – 1 Timothy 6:11 HCSB
This advice is for every believer. It will do us a whole lot of good to follow it. Follow God, not money.