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This Month's Promise

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

- (Romans 12:12)

Read: Matthew 7: 24-27


“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.” (Proverbs 18.11)

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want in another way! J.C. Ryle writes: “Money, in truth, is one of the most unsatisfying of possessions. It takes away some cares (anxieties, worries), no doubt, but it brings with it quite as many cares (anxieties, worries) as it takes away! There is trouble in the getting of it. There is anxiety in the keeping of it. There are temptations in the use of it. There is guilt in the abuse of it. There is sorrow in the losing of it. There is perplexity in the disposing of it.” Not only can money not meet our deepest spiritual needs, it can distort our character if we set our focus on it and begin to “trust” in it. Solomon says in Proverbs 18.11 that the rich put their `trust’ in their wealth. It becomes their fortified city. They imagine it an unscalable wall. Such trust is a misplaced trust. A fortune can be lost in a moment and certainly will be of no use at death.

A person can build his life on earth on two foundations. Jesus said it best in Matthew 7.24-27. If a man puts his trust on material things he is like the foolish man who builds his house on a sand. When the rain comes and floods rise up, the house crashes down and great is its fall. On the other hand, if a man puts his trust in the Lord, he is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock having firm foundation. No flood or rain can damage it. David also presents a similar contrast in Psalm 20.7. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” The most dreaded war engine of David’s day was the war chariot which mowed down men like grass. This was the trust and glory of the Gentile nations. But David and the people of Judah considered the name of he Lord to be a far better defense and hence they prevailed. Dear friends, let us never ever forget the immutable, ever present, matchless name of our Lord and never dishonor it by distrust. The Lord alone is our refuge.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me not deceive myself by making money as a strong fortified city. Let me not consider it as a high wall which cannot be scaled. But let me put my trust in your nam e which is immutable as a rock. Everything will fail, but you never. Amen.