The Venus flytrap was first discovered in a small area of sandy wetlands not far from our home in North Carolina. These plants are fascinating to watch because they’re carnivorous.
Venus flytraps release a sweet-smelling nectar into colorful traps that resemble open flowers. When an insect crawls inside, triggering sensors along the outer rim, the trap clamps shut in less than a second—capturing its victim. The trap then closes further and emits enzymes that consume its prey over time, giving the plant nutrients not provided by the sandy soil.
God’s Word tells of another trap that can capture unexpectedly. The apostle Paul warned his protégé Timothy: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” And “some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Money and material things may promise happiness, but when they take first place in our lives, we walk on dangerous ground. We avoid this trap by living with thankful, humble hearts focused on God’s goodness to us through Jesus: “godliness with contentment is great gain” (v. 6).
The temporary things of this world never satisfy like God can. True, lasting contentment is found only through our relationship with Him.
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
Loving Lord, You are the greatest blessing of my life! Help me to live contentedly with all that You are today.
Which do you think more about—money or your relationship with God? How can you give Him the highest priority today?
PS Let me tell you a story. My mom got dementia and will always think someone breaks into her house to steal her no value things. This happens close to more than 15 years already. She put herself first and never will take care of her children as a mom would as she is extremely selfish. She is a control freak who has destroyed my marriage. I have suffered enough and today I will disown her. I will not take care of her as she has resources to take care of herself. Her 4 room Tampines flat when she dies I will distribute towards all who helped me especially my non-profit and charities. What has the government done to help those who has no capacity to make informed decisions when they are mentally ill? Very soon, she will not be able to walk, and as a Christian she put to shame all of Jesus’s preachings, putting herself first before God. And she got a very evil heart. She thinks I am disabled so I have no means to fend for myself and chuck me to welfare. So she does not deserve to know my capabilities and I will make her an example for everyone to see in the world of God’s judgement.