Friday, June, 12th, 2009
"Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be high-minded, and to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment." (1 Timothy 6:17)
To rest one's hope on riches is unwise because they are "uncertain." The patriarch Job was very well-off, but when disaster struck suddenly, his riches could not help him; they vanished over-night. It was his solid relationship with God that preserved him through all the trials and tribulations. (Job 1:1, 3, 20-22) Abraham did not allow his abundant material possessions to prevent him from accepting a challenging assignment from Jehovah, and he was blessed with becoming the "father of a crowd of nations." (Genesis 12:1, 4; 17:4-6) These and other examples are worthy of our imitation. Young or old, we need to examine ourselves to see what is truly important in our life and on what we rest our hope. -Ephesians 5:10; Philippians 1:10.
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:16, 17)
*I'm gonna post some additional info in a bit, on evidence discovered during archaeological excavations they did at the present-day location of the city of Ur...which really gives you an idea of just what Abraham was walking away from when he chose to leave his "comfy lifestyle" in order to follow God's direction. All his neighbors must have thought he was crazy!