I received a profound piece of wisdom from the Lord while doing my morning devotionals. It came as I was reading in Proverbs. As I read, the Word spoke to me about easily we can confuse our priorities concerning wealth. We can go from a healthy understanding of biblical prosperity, which is God’s desire for us, to an unhealthy greediness. An attraction toward greed is poison to our prosperity, and therefore, to us. Listen to the proverb that touched me so clearly. It’s Proverbs 23:5b. It says, “…riches make for themselves wings. They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”
I could not help thinking how our priorities can become easily confused. We can go from a healthy understanding of prosperity, which is God’s desire for us, to an unhealthy greediness, which is poison to our prosperity… and therefore, to us. If we allow hunger for riches to consume our daily lives, it forms an ungodly attitude in us. This attitude eventually enlarges the ability of whatever riches we have acquired, as the proverb says, to “make for themselves wings.” Then, after the riches have flown away, we can only look back at the emptiness and sorrow that greed created in our lives. Do the smart thing. “Prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” (3rd John 2.) If you let your soul prosper under the direction of the Holy Spirit, you will never lack for the true riches that your relationship with God brings. These thoughts were significant to me because God gave them to me on my 67th birthday. Looking back over the years, I am glad I put the health of my soul before the foolishness of greed. I hope you will do the same. I’m Dr. Bob. Now would be a good time to reflect on your attitude toward the good things God has given you. Is your attitude balanced by faithfulness and stewardship or has a bit of greed crept in?