One of my favorite movies is “Fiddler on the Roof” and who hasn’t
delighted in the hero’s “If I Were a Rich Man” as he fantasizes about
having money! But is that fantasy truly wise? Today’s attached
devotional will help you think through the value of riches. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“‘A Leader in a recent newspaper gave the following: ‘Seventy-nine millionaires and eighty-nine bankers committed suicide in the United States in one wear; which proves once more that the mere possession of wealth does not produce happiness or contentment of mind. The eternal struggle for money is based on the false assumption that wealth unlocks the doors to the Elysian fields on earth. Yet no sooner has the goal been reached than the winner of the race finds himself still surrounded by human problems and difficulties in many cases more irksome and exhausting than those from which he has just escaped. The truly rich man is the philosopher who is satisfied, not to be a sluggard or mere drone, but who fills the niche in life for which he is best fitted; who looks on money as a means to an end, and not the end of all, and who cherishes health and the good-will of his fellows above the mere gathering of gold. The contented poor man never commits suicide. He is the one to be envied by millionaires.’
When gold is our god how poor we are! When money is our objective, what…slaves we are to its rule!
1. Riches are Unreliable. ‘He that trusteth in his riches shall fall’ (Prov. xi.28). Anything short of God will fail us.
2. Riches are Uncertain. ‘Riches certainly make themselves wings and fly away’ (Prov. xxiii.5). When we think we have got them, they are gone.
3. Riches are Unsatisfying. ‘Neither is his eye satisfied with riches’ (Eccles. Iv.8). God is not bread, and riches cannot feed the heart.
4. Riches are Unproductive. ‘Deceitfulness of riches choke the Word’ (Matt. xiii.22). Riches promise much but produce nothing.
5. Riches are Unprofitable. ‘How hardly shall they that have riches enter the Kingdom of God’ (Mark x.23). Riches block the way to higher things.” [F. E. Marsh, 1,000 Bible Study Outlines, (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1970), p. 327-328]