|Today’s Scripture: Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23:4-5|
|How much money is enough? The answer always seems to be “just a little bit more.” No matter how much money we have, there always seems to be the attitude that it’s not enough. Our old nature tells us, “You could have such and such if only you had more money. You could take that trip you’ve always wanted, buy that new sports car, or move into a better house. Yet, God’s Word tells us of the foolishness of striving after money.
That’s not to say that hard work and job advancement are wrong, but that the accumulation of wealth is not to be our goal. First, it is a goal that will never satisfy. No matter how much we have, our old nature will never be content with what is already obtained. Rather, it will continue to drive you to the detriment of everything else in life. Too often, people allow money to control them instead of controlling their money.
Also, wealth can disappear quickly. Wealth is simply a temporary thing-whether it is through an emergency, a catastrophe, or the greed of others, money is hard to keep. Even if you manage to hold on to it, one day you will die and it won’t do you any good.
In Proverbs 23:4, God warns us about desiring money and trusting in our own wisdom. We tend to think that money will give security, yet we can be secure only in the Lord. We need to realize that our confidence should be in God, not our possessions. Just as He has warned us about money, we need to realize that we cannot trust ourselves, but need to rely on Him.
If our purpose in life is anything but glorifying Him, we will find that our dreams have no meaning and our life will be spent pursuing things that will fly away and vanish. Let’s make sure our goals have substance for eternity.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.