“Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.” (Psalm37:16-17)
The wicked of this world may have more of its goods than the righteous, but in the perspective of eternity the righteous are much better off than the wicked, for they are enjoying their reward now.
I’ve been involved in many funerals in my lifetime and quite a few as clergy, but never, ever, did I see anyone with a trailer to haul off their goods with them! Oversimplification, yes, but still applies. I would much rather be on God’s side than being rich.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we all make money in our lives, some more than others. It is true that money can buy you some happiness, but not the kind You offers us, Abba. In contrast, some of our grandest days are spent serving others and the feeling that one gets for being of service for their neighbors, does not change our bank accounts one bit, but it does change us, and gives us the joy that only comes from serving You. It is on these days, that we feel closer to You and know in our heart of hearts, just a little bit of how You must feel when You see us doing Your will with smiles on our faces. It is in our Lord and Savior’s name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Before facing the challenges of the day, face the day with God.”
“Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—-for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—- this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18–20)
Life by itself offers few activities which provide real pleasure. Eating, drinking and daily work should provide basic satisfaction. Any extras we receive are a bonus from God. Enjoying the simple pleasures leaves no time to worry about life’s unsolvable problems. This testimony is of one who has recognized the true source of his wealth, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the proper use of the good gifts of God.
“Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like man who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this? declares the Lord. Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?” (Jeremiah5:26-29)
The rich are often guilty of economic injustice. (Exodus 22:21: Rather than defend the widows, orphans, or poor as God expects); (Deuteronomy 10:18; 27:19: “Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”). God’s people are to protect foreigners in our midst without property and to treat them properly. Human rights are to be a concern for those who serve the purposes of God.
Second Thought of the Day:
Thievery in the name of religion and charity reveals greed has consumed a life, the one who steals (Matthew 6:19-34: Material needs are a reality of life all people face. Jesus took our needs seriously and devoted much time to talking about them. Material things are not bad in themselves. They become bad when we place more importance on them than on our relationship with God).
“But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.’ He did not say this because he cared abut the poor but because he was a thief, as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:4–6)
Thievery is wrong (Exodus 20:15: “You shall not steal.”) Persons in most societies can own their own property. We must understand that God, however, is the ultimate Owner. To take property from someone is a violation of their personhood.