Thursday May 25, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: …if your wealth is increased, do not put your hopes on it. Psalms 62 : 10
LISTEN: Yesterday on this topic – “Do not put your trust in wealth”, we were told that ‘Wealth is good and makes the heart happy; that it gives confidence, solve a lot of problems, saves from financial stress, provides us with our needs, etc. Besides, we also learnt that wealth without wisdom is wealth without God; and wealth without God is wealth without no real meaning, and therefore should learn to live wisely. God is the reason for our existence, without him there can be no life, and without life there can be no wealth. We owe everything to God, hence to operate without him is the height of foolishness on earth. In our verse of the day, we are warned against putting our hope in wealth. Why should we not put our hope in wealth? Because wealth is deceitful. It promises much but delivers little or nothing; it promises joy and happiness, but often delivers sorrow and death. To follow wealth at the expense of God is to forfeit same at your own expense.
In Jesus’ parable of the rich fool he said, “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”” (Luke 12 : 16 – 21). Beloved, God’s problem with the rich fool was not that he was rich, but that his riches was not to the glory of his (God) name. He was rich just for himself. You can see that from his statement that demonstrated selfishness – “I will”, “I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”” (vv. 18 , 19). But unfortunately, his life was ended by God the owner of life. He left everything behind not knowing who will own them. And Jesus added, “So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”(v.21).
Beloved, are you living just for yourself or for God and others? Remember that wealth is deceptive, hence cannot give you what it promises to give. With your wealth you can get what you want no doubt, but what you get cannot truly satisfy you. Think about it. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not forget that wealth is good but cannot truly satisfy, only God can.
2. Always remember that wealth is deceptive, hence you should not put hope on it.
3. Do not be selfish with your wealth, instead be generous to the needy and less privileged.
4. Do not allow the deceitfulness of riches to choke God’s word in your heart.
Daily Task: Know that God is the reason for your existence, without him there can be no life, and without life there can be no wealth.
Daily Reflection: We owe everything to God, hence to operate without him is the height of foolishness on earth.
Daily prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for your word today, help me to be reasonable in my attitude towards wealth and material possessions, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: I prophesy to your life, your hands will touch wealth and your heart will also know wisdom that will enable you to make right use of your wealth, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: To pursue wealth at the expense of God is to forfeit same at your own expense.
Today In History: May 25, 1946. Jordan gains independence from Britain.