“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.” – 1 timothy 6:9
Paul clearly tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:9, the destructive power of desiring to be rich. He begins to explain that those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare. It’s as if someone put a wedge of cheese of a mouse trap. The mouse would smell the cheese and desire to have it at all cost so that it would be satisfied. The mouse then would follow a trail based on its desires. When the mouse finally sees the cheese he is severly tempted to run up and snatch it but, little does he know that if he takes it he has fallen into the snare of the capture. The capturer wanted to take something away from the mouse and he decieved the mouse to believe that his desire to have the cheese was leading him in the right direction. If you think about it, Satan is the tempter and capturer and we are the mouse. Those whom desire to be rich are desiring things that are not of the Lord, and they will fall into temptation and snares along the way. Paul continues in verse 9 to say, “and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”. After snatching the cheese, we are led into many foolish things and harfmul lust which Paul says have the power to drown men. What does he mean by drown men? Paul means that desiring to be rich has the power to decieve and destroy a man. When a person is drowing, they start to loose control of what is going on around them and loose control over themselves. They might try to catch a breath or swim up but at times it becomes to difficult. When a person is drowing spiritually, they have lost sight of the goodness of God and the satisfaction they find in him. They have lost control over their lives and have fallen too deep into a fading world. Paul said that the things that drown men, drown them in destruction and perdiction. Not only do they drown but they drown into destruction. This verse continues to flow with the previous verses which all give the same idea of being content. When we are not content and are focused on wanting more, we miss out on what God has already given us and fall into temptations as we desire more than he gave. I thank the Lord for teaching me this week to be content with what he has given and has provided for me.