Wealth is Meaningless

16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous. Psalm 37:16-17

Someone once said, “You can tell what God thinks about money by the people he gives it to.” This society greatly values money. We see it in the clothes, cars, toys, vacations, homes, jewelry, etc etc. Look at advertisers in all mediums: buy buy buy. We are literally bombarded with advertisements every hour of the day. The day after a holiday, stores already have the next holiday’s stock on the shelves! You just can’t get away from it.

David, who was a very wealthy man himself, instructs us that it’s far better to be righteous and poor than to be wealthy and wicked. I can already hear some of your thoughts: well, can’t we be righteous and wealthy too? Perhaps, but throughout Scripture, the Bible tells us that money can be a trap and a snare because it’s so deceptive. Over and over we see passages that exhort us not to wear ourselves out or to be anxious over becoming wealthy. It looks sooo seductive but it is dangerous.

The point, then, is clear: wealth is meaningless if it draws us away from a deeper commitment to Christ.

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