Reading through the Bible together
Have you ever dreamed of becoming rich and being able to pay off your debt, help your family, and then buy other things you need? That’s not a bad dream or wish. However, my dream is more balanced. Yes, it would be nice to pay off my mortgage, help my family, and buy some things we need. The other thing that would be nice to do is to open some health food restaurants in my favorite cities, places where young people can come to do their schoolwork, or to share their problems and troubles with someone and hopefully get help and find a solution. Next, I would set up an endowment for my favorite charity so they don’t have to continually search for funds to do good. And finally I would buy a house in the South of France and travel between home and different mission stations all over the world.
But if the proverbial wise man is right, once the money touches my hand, my dream of doing good may be turned upside down, if not completely changed. The wise man says in Proverbs 23, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” (The Message).
What this means is that there is a good chance of me doing a complete turn if I won a lot of money. The human, sinful elements in me would most likely take whatever goodness there is in me and turn it into a self-centered funnel of no return. And I’ll probably go out with all that money and go shopping for a mansion, settle in, and then travel the world without even thinking of missions and family.
As long as a large sum of money is on the horizon of dreams, far away from reality, it is easy to picture myself being righteous and level-headed about wealth. But the truth is that no one but God knows the propensities of my heart.
Not that money is bad. It is just risky to righteousness, especially when we make getting rich our priority and get worn out making more and more money. Money is not for everybody. Only God knows whom He can trust to do what is good for His kingdom. And He offers us the gift of contentment. We just need to open that gift and enjoy it!
“Dear Lord, help me to be content with what I have, but if through some way I receive more money than I need, help me to be generous and not forget family, missions, and people in need. Amen.”
Fylvia Fowler Kline
Director of Marketing
Hope Channel, Inc.