There is a painful tragedy that I have seen under the sun: Riches lead to the downfall of those who hoard them. These hoarded riches were then lost in bad business deals. The owners had children, but now they have nothing to give them. Eccl 5:13-14 (GW)
“Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust don’t destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal. Your heart will be where your treasure is. (Matt 6:19-21 GW)
When we set our hearts on things above, we are not downtrodden every time things turn bad down here. When we realize that our real treasure is safe and sound- in Christ, then we do not have to worry about the things that the world worries about. I know it is not an easy thing to keep looking up when things are looking down, but when you put your hope and trust in the one who promises to never leave you or forsake you, then you can truly walk in peace in a hostile world.
Don’t love money. Be happy with what you have because God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.”(Heb 13:5 GW)
“So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? “Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
“So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. (Matt 6:25-34 GW)
“There was a certain rich man who had land that produced good crops. He thought, ‘What should I do? I don’t have enough room to store my crops.’ He said to himself, ‘I know what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones so that I can store all my grain and goods in them. Then I’ll say to myself, “You’ve stored up a lot of good things for years to come. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! I will demand your life from you tonight! Now who will get what you’ve accumulated?’ That’s how it is when a person has material riches but is not rich in his relationship with God.” (Luke 12:15-21 GW)
“Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.” Luke 12:15 (GW)
The bottom line then is to put your hope and trust in the only sure thing. GOD! Guaranteed On-time Deliverance!
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