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verse 28: “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.”

“Having money is legitimate, but trusting money is foolish.” That’s the first sentence the Holman concordance has for the section referring to this verse. It is an accurate statement. Having money itself is not wrong. Unless you are totally self-sufficient, you need money to purchase basic necessities to live: food, drink, shelter, even transportation. That’s is why the majority of human beings have some sort of occupation…to make a living.

It’s when you put your ultimate trust in riches that you will fall. There are some things money cannot buy. I’m reminded of the old story about a rich man who dies and tries to enter Heaven with his earthly riches (he had his money converted to gold bars). When he opens his bag to show St. Peter what he wants to bring with him, the angel looks in the bag and says, “Pavement? You want to bring pavement with you?”

I think the words of the old hymn, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” say it best (here courtesy of the website link http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Id_Rather_Have_Jesus/:

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Refrain:
Than to be the king of a vast domain,
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

Have a blessed day!

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