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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MONEY OBSESSION

“Give up trying so hard to get rich. Your money flies away before you know it, just like an eagle suddenly taking off.”  Proverbs 23:4-5
     It seems to me that far too many people strive for wealth with the thought that if they have enough money their problems will at least be minimized, if not go away altogether. Take it from me, the more you have the more you spend.  I once had a job that paid well over six figures.  Even though we had a sizable paycheck coming in every two weeks it always seemed as though we never had enough.  More money leads to bigger bills and more stuff to steal time away from God.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying all the cool stuff in life is bad, not at all.  What I AM saying is that too many “things” tend to cause our focus to shift off the Lord and onto the maintaining of all the new toys.  Enjoy yourself, but never lose sight of who forgave your sins and sustains you. 
     Some folks who have large sums of money are motivated solely by the fear of being poor. How sad for a believer in God to feel that way.  Money is necessary to pay bills and provide ourselves with basic home supplies.  We use it for our sources of entertainment, like movies, music, books, sporting events and so on.  Money isn’t evil, the love of money is (1 Timothy 6:10).
     If we are serious about living a faith-based Godly life, we need to give Him our everything, not just the things we think we can’t handle.  The stark reality is that we can’t handle any of it.  Even the things we think are easy can get botched up because the Lord isn’t in them.  Don’t obsess on monetary matters, God doesn’t need our money, He wants our heart.  Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing.