Lamentations 4:1 Loss Of Value

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How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner. Lamentations 4:1 

Pushing and working hard for money and things is the goal of many people around the world. They see something they want and the work and strive to get it. They want what someone else has and more.

No matter how much a person has gained, he wants a little bit, to a lot, more. The desire for more is unquenchable and continues on and on, with no end in sight, nothing to stop it.

Jeremiah talks about how the gold has lost its luster and gems are scattered on the street corners. Both the gold and the gems have lost their value. The loss of value was because the nation had be destroyed and everyone was in captivity. At that point the greatest concern was food, shelter, clothing and life. Money and things did not mean anything.

Times have not changed the view of things for people around the world. The desire to have more things is still just as great as in the past. Wealth is praised, honored and desired.

Yet, when a great disaster strikes a person, money and things no longer has any real appeal. As a person is laying on his death bed dying, he is not wishing he had more money or things. He wants to have more life, a longer life, a better health.

As the world runs after money and things, true believers have what gives life–Jesus. Freedom from sin and eternal life are of more value than all the gold on the earth. Gold perishes, but life does not when in Jesus.

God is there in and through disasters that occur on this earth. His love and peace in the life of a believer will never end.

There are many things that you can run after and seek to have in this world. Your first goal should be to seek after God and His will and ways. Fight for what lasts for eternity, rather than what is temporary and has zero meaning in a disaster.

When you go through a struggle, God will be there with you and for you. He will never leave or forsake you. Gold and the things of this earth will fail and fade away. Do not chase after them.

Chase after what has eternal value, rather than the temporary value.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will chase after God with all of your being; that you will know the value of a relationship with Jesus; and that you let the world know where true value is found in Jesus. 

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Never Enough

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Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10 

Chasing after wealth is one of the greatest dreams of many people. People want to get rich as quickly as possible. Gambling and lotteries are mega-billions of dollars a year industry, because people want the money and think that they can get it.

Those working always want a higher paycheck, more money per hour than what they are getting. When a person gets a pay raise, he is excited at the moment, but a few months later wants another pay raise. People often view another person’s pay and want that much or more.

It is often viewed as though a person deserves more than what they have or can get. This is regardless of how much one already has.

The richest man who ever lived realized that loving money is meaningless. One can never have too much or even ‘enough’, he always wants more.

Money and wealth are things that are very temporary. One can have a lot of money today, but tomorrow after a disaster strikes, be completely broke.

And there is never ‘enough’ money. No matter how much a person has, there is always something else that he does not have and would desire. There is no contentment.

Believers are often seen being discontent with their finances and wealth. They are desiring more, because their neighbor has more.

However, the believer should put all of his desires into God and His kingdom. Money and wealth are very temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. The souls of men are eternal.

Living for God and building His kingdom gives satisfaction and eternal results. Fighting for money and wealth only lasts a short time.

One must put his trust in God and be content with what God has blessed him with. God will give each person what he needs.

God has blessed you in many ways. The greatest blessing is eternal life, if you believe in Jesus and follow Him. Hold onto that blessing.

With salvation in mind, chase after building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus everyday. These things will have an eternal impact and last for eternity.

Don’t chase after things of this world that will only last a short time and never really satisfy your soul. You are made for greater things than money and wealth. Chase after God.

 I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find purpose in God; that you will find satisfaction in serving God; that you will chase after the things of God; and that God will help you keep money and wealth in the right perspective.

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor God With Your Earnings

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Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 

Bringing in more money is the goal of many people. The goal is to get more money so that they can do more with it or to have a better retirement in the end.

While the majority of people do not make money to save and make more money, most people want to have more so that they can spend it. They want to be able to get things that they desire or that makes them look better. Others want to be able to do more things of their hearts desire.

In order to do this, they use one hundred percent of what they earn for their own personal purpose and goals.

Solomon tells the people to honor God with their wealth, with the firstfruits of their crops. The purpose of this, is so that God can overflow their barns and vats with more.

During the time of Solomon, wealth was most often found in crops and animals. The giving of the first fruits was an early concept of tithing to God. The first and best of a person’s earnings were to be dedicated to God.

God has not changed that method of honoring Him. Today one is still supposed to honor God with a tithe off of his earnings. This is the first ten percent of all he has earned.

Giving of tithe is to be done out of love for God. It is to be done to provide for God’s house (the physical church) and the work God has being done.

While many see this as a ‘work’, it is not. It should be seen as an honor to God. It is giving back just a small portion of what God has blessed one with. God has given the believer eternal life, why not give back a little of the money? This way He can bless one with more.

Each time you receive some pay for your work, take the first portion of it and give it to God. Trust God in providing for all that you need and more.

As you pour into His kingdom, God will then be able to pour more into you. Don’t be selfish with what you get. God owns it all and can give you more as needed.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust God with all that you own; that you will be generous in giving to God; and that you will trust God to provide abundantly for all that you need. 

Job 31:24 What Is Your Trust In?

Gold coins

If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ Job 31:24

Money and wealth are major influencers in this world. Money is something that most people seek and want. It does not matter how much or how little someone wants, most people want more than what they have.

In the process of seeking out more money, they strive to get better paying jobs. People dream of the jobs that are six figures or larger. They seek out jobs that have great retirement plans and great investment plans. Everything is focused on getting more money, so that they can get and do more things.

If they don’t have the ‘more money’ than they worry about not having enough or not getting what they ‘need’. They trust in the money to provide for all their needs and wants.

Job says, in this verse, that if he put his trust in gold (money)… Then, in a few more verses Job continues to say that this would be a sin.

While money is helpful, it is not needed. God can provide in other ways if needed. Look at the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. God gave them food, and they did not have to have money to get it.

Believers often take on the view of the world, in that they ‘need’ to make more money. They begin to trust in their jobs and the paycheck, rather than in God and His word.

Jobs come and go. Money comes and goes. But God remains forever. He created the universe out of nothing by His word, He can provide the needs of a person just as easily.

Money is a tool that can be useful, but it is not a necessity, when looked at correctly. Jesus is the only one thing that is necessary in this life. Outside of Him, everything is just bonuses.

Make sure that your focus is upon God, not on self and money. Your job will not be there forever, in fact, you may not have a job tomorrow, but the Creator of the universe, God, will still be there with you. If God can sustain the universe by His word, He can sustain you.

Put your trust in God and not the temporary money of this world. Seek God and do what He tells you to do and trust His provision in the process. He will never fail, where money can and does fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will see the blessings God has given you.