How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (Prov. 16:16)
Foolish indeed is the person who considers himself safe and sound because he has money. . . .
And another reason it's foolish to trust in riches for security is that money, in the final analysis, brings no lasting satisfaction, certainly not in the area of things that really matter. There are many things that no amount of money can buy. Think of it this way:
- Money can buy medicine, but not health.
- Money can buy a house, but not a home.
- Money can buy companionship, but not friends.
- Money can buy food, but not an appetite.
- Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.
- Money can buy the good life, but not eternal life.
It is God (alone) who is able to supply us "with all things to enjoy." As Seneca, the Roman statesman once said:"Money has never yet made anyone rich."
Strengthening Your Grip
I happen to live in a country that is capitalistic at its very core. I also happen to live in the "wealthiest" country in the world. The United States is the only country in the world who can claim that its currency is circulated and accepted in practically every single country. This country as of late has built its foundation of sand called money. Yes, you heard that right. Money. Anyone (including myself) that has the basic understanding of what the Bible tells us about the house built on sand will understand that the house is bound to collapse sooner or later.
Personally, I have never bought into the notion that "money is what makes the world go round and round". Money is extremely important to our daily living as it provides us with the means to be able to pay off debt, stay on top your bills, make charitable donations, and most importantly, contribute to godly causes in order to advance His kingdom. In a nutshell, money provides options and that is always a good thing. Money, when looked at from an ungodly perspective, has the tendency to pull people toward greed. That is how we get the following verse:
For the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10)
This is only the beginning of the verse as it goes on to explain that some will covet money, err from the faith, and pierce themselves with many sorrows. This is exactly what will happen to all of us if we don't give God His rightful place in our lives as it relates to our finances. That is why God will allow us to be stricken with poverty so that we will have no other choice to find security in Him and in Him alone. When we give God His rightful place in our finances, the following verse will take effect in our lives:
says the LORD of hosts,