“God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
My precious friend,
May God bless you in abundance this month. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the blessings shall be added unto you
( Matt.6:33). May God’s strength remove all the fatigue in your life. May His glorious riches furnish everything you ever lack and His supernatural Spirit vanish all your spiritual weakness and make you perfect!
The promise for this month is 1 Timothy 6:17. I’m changing the word ‘our’ in the verse to ‘your’. The final part of the verse says,“ Put your hope in God, who richly provides you with everything for your enjoyment.
” Well, as the latter part talks about the aspect on to which we are supposed to put our hope, the first part of the verse talks otherwise. It talks about the aspect that shouldn’t gain our hope. It explicitly warns the rich of the world not to put their hope in their riches. It doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to be prosperous. On the other hand, God wants us to be well off (3 John 2).
No matter prosperity or tribulation, God’s people turn out to be witnesses in regard to their ‘calling’. The Bible clearly teaches us not to love money; or to put our hopes in our wealth but in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment! As you do so, you’re not only blessed with glorious riches but as well with the grace to inherit and enjoy it for generations!
So many millionaires and billionaires walk the earth unable to enjoy their own riches which they earned with their fraudulent ways. Despite their lofty bank balance, they’d move around in tattered clothing, ride on old wheels, rest on saggy couches and stay under leaky roofs. Yes, that’s the sad reality! Money might get accumulated but that’s all it could do if acquired of deception. Some billionaires simply survive on water or milk; such is the condition of their health.
One young billionaire who was dying of cancer, wrote a note on social media which said, “I became a billionaire when I was 40 and I am dying of cancer right now. My billions couldn’t save me. My fancy cars stay useless. I couldn’t enjoy anything! Right now, medicines are my food! I’m prohibited to have everything I like. I am all alone in the hospital, ever looking at the calendar as to when I would die! I can see no one who honored me when I made those billions, by my side now! I am dying all alone.”
Dear friend, enjoy your food. Enjoy the company of the ones around. Enjoy life when you are healthy. Money is certainly not everything. This kind of enjoyment is simply carnal. It is God who grants His children the grace to relish life.
“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” Ecc.5:19
As God intervenes, you shall by all means be granted good health, a wonderful spouse, wonderful children, a beautiful place to live. More than anything, His presence shall prevail over you. God shall be with you. And as you lead a righteous life, He shall make your name great! We, the ones in Christ must lack nothing. No accusing finger must ever point towards us. We must be a blessing to everyone. That’s the enjoyment the Bible talks about and God wants you to have it.
Aspects of Enjoyment
We have to put our hope not on wealth but on God, who richly provides everything for your enjoyment. Psalm 37 lists things we must do to enjoy every blessing from God. Firstly,
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Psalm 37:3
What a beautiful experience! You shall enjoy safe pasture! Safe pasture is nothing but money, wisdom and love reaching you whenever you need; God’s favor prevailing over you all the way. That’s safe pasture! The only thing we are supposed to do is to trust in the Lord and do good. Yes, do good. Trust in Him. We are asked to do good when we have the power to do so (James 4:17).
There are powerful people in the world with health, wealth and what not; but if someone in need seeks them, they wouldn’t bother to help. Such would be their heart! They shall ever be mindful of their position, their glory and of the legacy of their wealth. This verse asks us not to have our faith in the money we have or in our possessions but to do good without ceasing (Gal. 6:9). As we do so, our possessions shall grow, our relationships shall flourish and we shall enjoy safe pasture in this very world.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Secondly, delight yourself in the Lord and start receiving everything your heart desires. Of course your desires shall resemble God’s plan for you. The desire of the righteous is certainly different from that of the worldly.
What exactly is delighting ourselves in the Lord? What is it to have the desires of our heart?
Bible assures “May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalm 20:4).
The earlier verse, Psalm20:3 says, “May God accept our sacrifices and our burnt offerings.” Burnt offering represents nothing but our obedience to God (1 Samuel 15:22). As we give up the lusts and worldly desires, God grants us the desires of our heart. As we abandon the ways of the world and turn towards God, our desires become holy and His plans get manifested in our lives. That’s the very truth behind our prayer that Jesus taught us which says, “Oh heavenly Father, let thy will be done in my life, let thy will be done in my life on earth as it is in heaven.” As this desire grows within us, God starts to fulfil such desires! Even today God is about to grant you that very grace of desiring His plan and bless you with all the glorious riches.
Loving Heavenly Father, examine the hearts of everyone who prays with me to have Your desire in their lives. May Your plans for their lives resemble their very desires. Reveal Your mighty plan to them and show them Your ways. Let Thy Holy Spirit lead them. Let their hearts desires be fulfilled. Let their souls, their families, their academics, their work and everything they initiate be richly blessed. Let all the blessings come upon them right now in Jesus’ name. Amen.
My precious friend,
This month, as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let us pray that God’s blessing enfolds the entire population and the governance. May God’s light descend upon our nation and fill every heart. May God bestow His grace on us so that we take His word and His light to the whole nation.
I indeed feel excited that we are about to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the Jesus Calls Prayer Tower this very month. The first Prayer Tower was inaugurated on 12th August 1983 at 16, Greenways Road, Chennai (presently named as DR.DGS Dhinakaran Rd). Today, God has blessed us with 123 Prayer Towers in India and abroad. Of course we are also working hard to have more Prayer Towers across the country and in all the nations to pray for all people.
I sincerely thank you for all your prayers and support in partnering with us. God shall surely build your life and your family with all the hope you need.
GOD BLESS YOU.