This Month's Promise

“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

- (Psalm 27:14)

Read: I Timothy 6: 17-21


"... A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

In the parable mentioned in Luke 12: 13-21, Jesus tells us of the dangers of prosperity. Wealth can choke the Word of God; it can create snares and temptations. It gives us false sense of security. It cannot keep us alive when our time comes to die, nor can it buy back the opportunities we missed while we ignored God. The rich man mentioned in this parable saw his wealth as an opportunity to please himself. He thought that his wealth meant security, when really it was an evidence of insecurity. He had no thoughts of God. There is certainly nothing wrong in earning money, and even saving for the future. But we should be careful of hoarding things for ourselves. Riches are uncertain, not only in their value which changes constantly, they are temporary also because they cannot be with us always – thieves can steal wealth, investments can drop in value and natural calamities like earthquake or flood can ruin our belongings. Jesus made it clear in this parable that true life does not come from an abundance of things, nor do success or security. If we have wealth, it is by the goodness of God and not because of any special merits on our part. So if God gives us wealth, we should trust Him the Giver and not the gifts. Our possessions ought to make us humble and cause us to glorify God, not ourselves.

Dear friends, if suddenly you inherited a great deal of wealth, would it create a problem for you? Or would you simply praise God and ask Him what He wanted to do with it? Remember, if wealth makes a person proud, then it means that he has no fear of God. Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” God is the owner and we are just stewards of everything we possess. So, let us use our wealth to do good to others. Let us share with others what God has given us. Let us not be self-centered. We can be rich in this world and also rich in the next, if we use what we have to the benefit of others.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let not riches lure me and side track me from my heavenly vision. Let me enjoy the blessings you have given me. Let me not become proud when I become rich, but let me humbly share what you have given me, with others who are in need. Amen.