“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.” (Pro 23:5)
We chase after investments and money to enjoy a lifestyle and security. While these are not necessarily bad things, they are a false hope if that are our only source of security.
Wealth can disappear in an instant. Share markets crash, asset bubbles burst, and investments go sour. Economies change; banks and companies fail; and war, revolution, or famine can destroy entire counties.
True peace and contentment coupled with assurance and security can only be found in the One Who never changes and Who is the Rock of Ages.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is certainty only in You. Amen.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7)
We are often told how to give and how much to give. God’s way is clear, and it is not a formula. We should give as we have decided to give in our hearts. We are not to give reluctantly, nor should there be any measure of any kind of compulsory assumption.
How much are you happy to give? That sounds like an odd question, but it is worth considering. If God would like us to be cheerful when we give, how much are we happy to give cheerfully? Decide away from pressures and sermons in a quiet reflective time with God. Don’t be reluctant, and do not feel forced in any way. Give out of a thankful heart in gratitude for all He has and will provide. Don’t try to bribe God, and really, happily, cheerfully enjoy this wonderful act of worship.
Quick Prayer: I cheerfully give to You, Lord. Amen.
“The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.” (Pro 15:6)
I can’t say the word treasure without thinking of pirates. The paradox of that is that pirates are the antithesis of the righteous.
I am sure that the context of this treasure is blessing in its complete form. Peace, joy, provision, great relationships, health, and an open heaven—these are the things I would regard as treasure.
There is of course the obvious financial definition of treasure, and God is in the business of blessing us. Notice that it is the income of the wicked that brings the ruin. Both receive financially, but only one has treasure.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the great treasures that come from righteousness. Amen.