Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Psalm 49:16-17
People are often amazed and in awe when they drive by a huge mansion of a home. They often see those large homes and dream of a day that they may own one of them, or get discouraged because they know with their meager income they will never own one.
There have be television shows that walk a person through various mansions of some of the rich and famous. It is the only way most people will ever get to see the inside of a home that large. Extensive homes with their own theater, eight car garage, basketball court, tennis courts and much more are dreamed of by many people.
The sons of Korah tells the people not to overawed, or overwhelmed when they see the rich and their home increasing. The reason one should not be overwhelmed with riches, is that one cannot take it with them when they die.
One thing that remains the same for every person, regardless of how wealthy, famous or poor and unknown they are, is that nothing that they own will follow them when they die.
Wealth can be accumulated upon this earth to great extents, but it is only temporary. It lasts only while living on this earth, and then, maybe, not even till death. Many who have had great wealth have lost it within moments due to a crash in the economy or some other disaster.
The only thing that follows a person into eternity is his soul, not even his body follows him. Physical things will break down and fade away with time. Things owned will be sold off or given to another person. It does not long term eternal good for a person.
Hold the things you have loosely. Do not be jealous of what someone else has, nor stand in amazement at what they have physically.
Look at what a person has spiritually. The one thing that counts for all eternity is a relationship with Jesus. Having the forgiveness of sins and salvation that Jesus provides is all that really counts.
In your own life, seek to build your relationship with God and to build His kingdom on this earth. Bring as many into His kingdom as you can. That is what lasts for eternity and is worth having. The rest is only temporary.
I pray today that you will have a relationship with God; that you will know the salvation Jesus gives; that you will know what lasts for eternity; and that you will have contentment in what Jesus gives.
Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a bribe turn you aside. Job 36:13
Wealth is something that a lot of people are searching for, especially in America. People want more money to be able to have more things and do more things. It is often believed that money buys happiness and freedom, so many people will run after it.
All one has to do is do a ‘make money’ search on the internet and millions of hits will occur instantly. There are millions of ways to make money. However, most of those ways are scams. People trying to make money by taking money from others. People fall for the scam in the search for wealth.
Elihu tells Job to be careful not to be enticed by riches or bribes. This was as though Job was being enticed to speak as he does. Job did not have this problem in his life.
Having lots of money always seems to look like a good thing. Making money easy always sounds like a good thing. However, money is not made easily, but by hard work and perseverance.
While money will buy things, it does not provide happiness and peace. Often it will lead a person away from God, because he no longer trusts in God, but in his possessions. The search for wealth will also often lead a person to do things that go against God.
This can occur even within side the church. Believers give up giving and tithing in the search for wealth. They quit going to church to be able to work more, rather than seeking God and trusting Him. Some get angry with God as they see those in the world ‘living it up’ while living in sin, and they a fighting to put food on the table.
Do not allow yourself to seek after a wealth that does not last for eternity. You cannot take the wealth with you when you die. It does not transfer to heaven. Seek God and His righteousness and will. Do what He desires and you will have joy and peace that the world cannot have, nor understand.
Running after the wealth of this world will only leave you empty and wanting more. No matter how much you get, you will want more. Do not let this world convince you that you need what they have. You need to convince the world that they need what you have–Jesus.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guard your hearts from the love of money; that God will guide you in what you need; and that God will protect you from the lies of this world.
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12
Throughout time there have been men and women who have been considered worthy of certain honor, wealth or power. They have lived lives that was very good for what they would receive or should receive.
Some have worked very hard to earn the money that they have received. Others have done very well at management and use of authority to be worthy of power. Some have helped others to a level to be worthy of honor.
However, no person has been worthy of everything, except one–Jesus. Jesus is the only person who was completely perfect, never doing anything wrong, yet was crucified on the cross for the wrongs of every person who ever lived. He has done more than any other many has ever done. Jesus is worthy to receive everything.
Two of the things listed that He is worthy to receive is power and honor. While most believers will agree that He is worthy to receive these things, many do not give Him these things.
Every believer needs to allow Jesus to have all power over his life. It is God who should be controlling every thought, word and action in the life of a believer. Yet, many believers do not give Jesus every area of their lives.
As this does not happen, they are also taking away His honor. Claiming to be a follower of Jesus and then purposefully walking in sin, is a dishonor to Jesus and removing His power.
Giving Jesus praise is easy, but giving Him power and honor takes a focused effort. It is done by how the believer lives his life for God.
Your life needs to be one that follows after Jesus in every area of life. Everything that you do must bring Jesus honor and power and praise. As you turn away from sin, you will bring Him honor and praise. As you tell others about Him, you will bring Him honor, power and praise. As you submit to His authority, you will give Him all power.
Do not be like some and only give power and honor in word, but do it in your actions. Show the world that you have given Him all power and honor. He is worthy of it all for dying for you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He is worthy of; that you will give Jesus all authority, power, honor, wealth, glory and praise; that your life will be lived for the glory of God.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Getting something that someone does not have is what most people want. People are always wanting something more. Billions of dollars are spent every year with people purchasing new things, from small little toys to cars and houses or more.
Billions of dollars are spent by companies advertising things that they have to sell. They tell people that they need those things. People purchase those things because they feel that they need them.
Problems occur, however, when people cannot afford to get those things. They are discontent because they want the item and feel they need it, but cannot get the item. Or they see their neighbor with that item and want it also.
Most people are not content with what they have. John D. Rockefeller once said that a little bit more is the answer to the question “how much money is enough?” At the time he said that, he was the richest person in the world. He was not content with what he has.
Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been discontent with what they have. They are always wanting a little bit more. Eve wanted a little more life than what she had in the garden, so she disobeyed God in trying to get more.
Paul says that one is to live a godly life and be content with what he has. Jesus had said to just pray for what one needs today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a sign of contentment.
God knows what each person needs. Not everyone needs a lot of money or many things or high dollar things. If a person has it, he may reject God in order to play with his new thing.
Every thing that a person has is to help him be closer to God, be more like Jesus or to show Jesus to someone else. He is to strive to be like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.
Take a look at what God has already blessed you with. You have enough. If God desires to give you more, He will, but do not fight for more. Having more may only bring about more problems in life. Trust God for what you need. Don’t trust the things of this world for what you need.
God can give you more peace than the things of this world. Seek Him first.
I pray that you will seek God first in your life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will find contentment in knowing God; that you will not seek contentment in things of this world; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.