Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23:4-5 NKJV
Sometimes God puts his finger on areas of our lives that need attention. Jesus confirms things he has already shown us. Jesus still speaks to people who listen for His voice!
I started working at a young age. I became a workaholic. I showed up to work early and left late. I was driven to work as hard and fast as I could. I focused on my career and neglected my family. I relied on my own strength and abilities instead of trusting God.
Jesus does not want us to be so caught up with the fast pace of living we cannot enjoy our lives. Jesus wants us to invest our time talents and treasure in loving relationships.
God does want us to be responsible. He wants us to value hard work. More than anything God wants us to trust Him to meet our needs. The Lord wants us to know our security comes from living in relationship with Jesus.
Money comes and money goes. The value of real estate is a good example. Home values skyrocketed and plunged several times in my adult life. Would you set your heart on something that is here today and gone tomorrow? Many people are doing that right now.
The scripture says riches make themselves wings. They fly away like an eagle towards heaven. When those riches fly away they leave behind heart ache and a stack of bills.
The book of Proverbs is a blessing to people who obey the Word of God and a warning to people who do not. The Lord put His finger on an area of my life that needed attention so that I would not return to a lifestyle of chasing after the wind.
There is nothing wrong with making a lot of money if we use it to glorify God and bless people. The children of Israel plundered the Egyptians when God delivered them. They left with as much gold and silver as they could carry. Much of it went to build the tabernacle in the wilderness.
Jesus used these verses of scripture to confirm a decision I have made. With all my heart I want to serve Jesus! I want to give my time treasure and talent to Jesus!
Jesus took away the desire to make more money than I need. I like giving nice things to my wife and children. Those things will fade from our memories long before the joy of our time together. We will carry the love we share with each other into eternity!
Our God loves us. He will give us what we need when we need it. The Lord wants us to set our hearts on the one who can satisfy our souls today and throughout eternity.
Trust Jesus to put His finger on an area of your life that needs attention today!
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