Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 11
Verse 4: “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-haul trailer. No matter how many times I've heard that old saying, it still makes as much sense to me now as the first time. It's amazing how much we invest in the temporal. The bible says that, "...life is but a vapor, it appears for a little time, then vanishes away." (James 4:14b) Having the proper perspective on what this life on earth really consists of is crucial. Imagine one grain of sand on an entire coastline of beach. That one grain of sand compared to all the sand on the beach is minuscule, and yet so many of us have forfeited the entire beach to ensure we maximize or own desires with the single grain of sand. Our life is where we invest in the beach. We need to make sure that our lives are not lived with the focus on the things of this world and its riches and pleasures.
When the things of this life do not hinder us from the purpose to which we are called, they are acceptable. However, when they become the principal and purpose, that's when we really get ourselves in trouble. Remember that we are aliens in this world. We are visitors living in tents and out of suitcases (so to speak). We are not staying and we have our focus on the things above and how the things here relate to eternity. The scriptures tell us that we are not of this world. We are simply here as an alien invasion, warning earth of its pending destruction. Why should we be so consumed with treating it like its permanent?
Lord, I'm thankful for the blessings you have provided for me. I am grateful for the provisions you've granted me. I am appreciative of the finances you've trusted me with. My desire is to handle all of the blessings, provisions and finances with honor to you. I commit to you that I will not let them become my focus. Amen
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