Proverbs 23:4-5 — 4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! 5 Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder (MSG).
The next principle you need to apply to your life is do not wear yourself out trying to get rich. Please understand there is nothing wrong with being rich. There is a common misconception that Christians should be lowly and poverty stricken. God does not want you to pursue riches at the expense of your well-being, but He also does not want you to purposefully become a charity case.
Proverbs 15:6 teaches that great wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is in the income of the wicked (NASB). When we live the righteous, balanced lives that God has planned for us to live, He will supply all of our needs according to His riches and glory. On the other hand, when gaining riches becomes an idol to you, there will be trouble in your house.
Finances are one of the main causes of strife is marriages today. More times than not, financial discord between husband and wife results from poor stewardship or a lack of funds. In either case, often times the belief is that there would be no issue if there were more money. So many people then allow money and materialism to govern their lives. Riches become their god, and they embark on a relentless pursuit to get more.
This type of behavior doesn’t only affect married couples. Countless individuals have developed a love for money. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NIV). When a person loves money, his or her faith is no longer in God. It’s in stuff.
I challenge you today to keep perspective when it comes to your finances. Increasing your wealth should not be your life’s ambition because one day it will sprout wings and be gone.
Proverbs 11:28 — Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf (NIV).
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