(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:9-11 – Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. (NKJV) In this day and age when “image is everything” and status is the name of the game, there is hardly a more relevant topic than God’s view of wealth and status. It is the common lifestyle today to live well beyond our means, not only to satisfy impulsive leisure, but [...]
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Proverbs 22:2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)In a world of rampant materialism, class envy and status parading, this verse is “the great equalizer”. When wicked and godless people prosper, this verse brings perspective. When all that is right and good is mocked, this verse reminds us that God is in control.The “rich and poor” is not just a statement about income levels. It is a way of saying “everyone”. Remember, in Biblical times the rich and poor were very distinct and every person was easily identified as one or the other. To be rich meant having more than one day of needs taken care of. If [...]
Proverbs 30:8b …Give me neither poverty nor riches… (NKJV)The general consensus today concerning income is that more is better. And increasing one’s income is the primary deciding factor in employment decisions.More is not always better. The Bible is full of warnings concerning the dangers of riches. There is the myth that wealth makes life easy and if we only had lots of money, we could do all those things God wants us to do. It is the very rare person who does not allow abundant wealth to draw them away from the things of God.Should our primary goal be to “climb the ladder” and increase our income at every chance? While it is not innately wrong, it should NOT be the primary consideration. God’s will [...]