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verses 4-5: “Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”

The old joke goes that a man greeted St. Peter at the pearly gates of heaven. On earth, he had been very rich, amassing a huge fortune. Though he was ready for eternity, he wanted to bring a memento of life on earth with him. St. Peter said this was not possible, that he had to leave all earthly possessions behind. The man pleaded and pleaded till St. Peter agreed to at least look at the memento that the man wanted to bring. Hurriedly returning to earth, the man loaded gold ingots into a satchel and dragged it back to the pearly gates. Opening it, he expected St. Peter to be impressed with this symbol of his wealth. However, St. Peter took one glance, looked at the man, and asked, “Pavement? You want to bring pavement with you?” It was then that the man looked and saw the streets of gold in heaven.

Today’s verses are a warning against coveting wealth. There is nothing wrong with earning money honestly; it’s when the pursuit of wealth grows to be of sole importance that it can lead to sin. People have worn themselves out trying to earn more and more, only to find out that financial wealth wasn’t what they needed. Do you want something truly invaluable; give your life to Jesus, and watch what happens!

Have a great day in the Lord!

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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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