You can turn on the television any time of the day or night and hear things like…
- “Call right now and I will send you a free brochure detailing how you can learn to give me money to learn how to become wealthy like me!”
- “For a limited time only, you can receive my secret for success for only $199.95!”
- “Sow a $1000 seed of faith into this ministry, and God promises to bless you ten-fold, show you favor, and magically replace the tires on your Buick.”
Then there are other commercials on television, along with ads of all kinds, that promote the “fun” of gambling…
- “Somebody’s gonna win – it might as well be you!”
- “If you love excitement and fun and joy and all that stuff, nothing beats the fun of thinking you may become a millionaire as soon as you scratch the silver stuff off a paper card!”
Everybody wants to “get rich quick.” Nobody wants to have to work for it. Everybody wants to get lucky in Vegas.
The sad truth is that so many people who become wealthy over night turn right around and lose it all. Many who become millionaires in an instant go bankrupt almost as fast. The result is depression, loss, rejection, desperation, and even suicide.
Jesus posed a question in Mark 8:36. He asked, “What good is it to gain the whole world and still lose your own soul?” Even when you have it all, you can still be completely broke, even destitute.
Some of the happiest people in the world are the poorest. I have seen people in the poorest parts of eastern Europe who had more joy and peace than the richest millionaires in Hollywood or New York. The reason is that many of the poor were believers in Christ, and in Him they were blessed. They were rich in mercy and love. They had all they needed, and they were content with what God gave them.
On the other hand, I have known the rich who always wanted more and were never happy. Their wealth added sorrow upon sorrow. They knew nothing of the “blessing of the LORD.”
It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. – Proverbs 10:22 NASB
Being richly blessed by God doesn’t always involve being wealthy, but it does include what money can’t buy – the ability to enjoy what one has without regret, or sorrow.
Jesus, thank your for your blessings. Help us to focus not on the passing wealth of this world, but the treasures laid up above. You know what is best for us, so help us to trust you. Remind us that seeking anything outside your plan will only result in added sorrow.