October 11, Riches
Today’s reading: Psalms 51-55
“Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness” - Psalm 52:7.
Wealth and riches are deceptive, causing you to put your trust in them and not in the Lord. The challenge is that you may not see yourself as wealthy, but when you compare yourself to the rest of the world, you may very well be! And that may cause you to put your trust in your credit cards, you earning ability, the marketability of your college degree, your savings, or your retirement fund, instead of the Lord. Jesus warned us about the dangers of money when He said, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13). Where has the power of money crept into your thinking and life philosophy, like the gold ring in The Lord of the Rings? How do you think you can guard against this insidious disease? Do you think that generous giving may be one way? What other ways can you think of?