“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” Proverbs 23:4
So many today have have fallen into the trap of wanting to be wealthy. Money is nice to have, but it’s a tool. Most Americans could not handle a $400 emergency. That’s sad and worrisome, because $400 dollars is not much in today’s money. Having a tooth worked on, something going wrong with your car or house, or a pet getting sick could easily amount to $400 plus. People are living beyond their means. Trying to impress their neighbors and friends and spending their paychecks as soon as they get them.
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1Timothy 6:10
How many times have we seen on the news that some music celeb or a sports star coming out of college and going into the pros gets a lot of money thrown at them and their life crumbles after a few years. Money brings a lot of troubles with it. It separates us from depending on God. It brings the wrong people into our lives. It seems to bring addictions into peoples lives, whether that be drugs, gambling, or something else
Once again, money is not bad, it is a tool. It’s a tool to live our lives on earth. As Proverbs 23:4 says, “Labour not to be rich. . . ” Why? Because if our whole goal is to be rich, what is our end game? How much is enough? Is $1 million enough? Or is it enough until we get close to that number and then we think we need $2 million? Humans are not good at being content, we want more. What we have is not enough. Our neighbor gets a more expensive car, then we have to get a better car. Our buddy moves to a new section of town with a bigger house, we have to move to a nicer neighborhood.
All this leads to is us wanting to be richer, so then we get a better paying job, or keep getting promoted so we keep earning a higher paycheck. But what are the consequences? More hours, more stress, being tired, health issues, etc. What does this do to our family life? What does it do to our quality of life? Most importantly, what does it do to our relationship with God? In many of those cases that all start to deteriorate.
Money and working hard is not bad at all. Some very good people have been blessed to be wealthy. They do amazing things with the money they have been blessed with. It’s how we let money and work impact our life. We should work hard and make a living, but we have to keep God first in our lives. He will provide for our needs, maybe not our wants, but our needs. We should pray that God meets our needs. We should also be wise stewards of what God has given us. If we waste what he has given us, why would he bless us with more? At the end of our lives, are we going to remember all the money we made or will we remember all the time we lost with our loved ones, trying to make that money? Time is our most valuable resource, not money!