Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 26, 2011
“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” Proverbs 11:28
The Bible says, “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” (Proverbs 23:5). Trusting in riches causes some to fall from the faith, because they equate wealth with success. However, you can be faithful to the Lord, and thus be successful whether rich or poor. It may take us losing money to reveal our true motivations. Trust in riches is a recipe for false security, fear and sadness.
However, the righteous understands that the role of riches is to remind them of God’s provision. The Bible says, “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” (Ecclesiastes 5:19). Are you struggling with the reduction of your wealth? Remember when you were first married, what really mattered? Was it trust in the Lord, your spouse and good health? The righteous thrives in trust and obedience to Christ.
Lastly, guard your good name during a financial crisis. Character is of much greater value than cash. The Bible says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1).” This means you don’t fear, and you follow through with your commitments. Faith grows in its giving during uncertain times. Am I thriving or surviving? Is my trust in gold or God?
Where does the Lord want me to aggressively give money, so that I know that my trust is in Him?
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