I used to play Monopoly a lot as a kid. I’m not really sure why, but the hat was always my favorite piece. I’d try to grab it first and get it on the board, ready to conquer the world and accumulate all the properties. I’d slowly acquire properties, develop them, and accumulate a pile of cash, all neatly sorted by denomination and tucked under the edge of the board, of course!
I won my fair share of games and lost some as well. The most heartbreaking, however, were the ones where it looked like I was going to win—I had the best properties and a good stock of cash—but a series of unfortunate rolls led to a death spiral. Unable to pay rent at that fancy Marvin Gardens Hotel, I’d sell some improvements. It was doubles of course, so I’d roll again, only to hit the 4-house Pennsylvania Avenue, forcing me to sell more improvements or even mortgage some properties.
Eventually, the pile of cash I thought would see me to victory was gone and I’ve been eliminated. The same thing happens in life sometimes. We trust in our wealth or abilities or connections, but ultimately the things of this world fail.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17
God warns us of the danger of setting our “hopes on the uncertainty of riches” because they eventually fail. What riches are you trusting over God? Is it actual riches? Or is it your gifts and talents? Are you trusting yourself to provide everything you need, or are you trusting God?
Because here’s the thing: You can trust whatever you’d like, but eventually everything but Jesus will fail us. Our riches, talents, or hard work will never be enough for what we truly need: A restored relationship with God. We cannot make that happen on our own. The good news? We don’t have to! God in Christ Jesus has already done that. It’s why He came and died: To provide everything you need to be in relationship with your God!