The Lord urges us in His Word to avoid trusting in riches just like we would avoid a plague. True wealth is given by God to the righteous. Let’s read the Scriptures.
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage. (Pro 11:28)
Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. (Ps 52:7)
Why do you brag about your strength? Your strength is exhausted,you rebellious daughter. You trust in your treasures, never imagining who would attack you. (Jer 49:4 CEB)
Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth. (Ps 62:10 CEV)
Jesus said clearly in Mark 10:23-25 that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for people who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of heaven! Wow!
Jesus told a parable about a rich fool in Luke 12:16-19. This fool had accumulated so much wealth that he had to build larger barns to hold it all, and then he decided to ‘eat, drink and be merry.’ And God said to him (v. 20-21): But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
This is wisdom from God for us. In providing for ourselves, our children, and our retirement, we mustn’t allow ourselves to start trusting in and relying upon the money that we have set aside for emergencies or for a retirement fund. Our faith in God and our relationship with the Lord Jesus must always be the main focus and core of our lives.
Even though the Lord gives us power to get wealth (Deu 8:18; Ecc 5:19), we must never lose sight of the fact that this is a GIFT from God. It is a reason for thankfulness and rejoicing over the goodness of God. We need to consider this blessing as part of our heritage from God, and by acknowledging God’s central part in it, we may then rejoice in our labor.
Let us daily concentrate upon our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our righteousness. Here are worthy things upon which to meditate:
- Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isa 9:6
- Redeemer – Isa 59:20
- Immanuel (God with us) – Mt 1:23
- King of the Jews – Mt 27:37
- Lamb of God – Joh 1:29
- Bread of Life – Joh 6:35
- Living Stone, Cornerstone – 1 Pet 2:4-8
- Alpha and Omega – Rev 22:13
We must intentionally make Jesus the heart and focus of our entire lives. Our trust and our entire reliance should eternally be upon Jesus Christ, who is our life! (Col 3:4) May God richly bless you.