23rd May, 2023
The bottom line on money
"There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing." Pr 13:7 NKJV
The Bible says, "There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches" (v. 7 NKJV). It's a blessing to have the things money can buy, as long as you don't lose sight of the things it can't buy. Money can buy whatever is for sale. But the greatest things in life, like your health and your relationships, can't be bought because they're not for sale. You could sum up much of what the Bible has to say about money with these three bottom-line statements:
(1) What you are is more crucial than what you have.
"Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich" (Pr 28:6 NKJV).
(2) What God sees in you is more crucial than what you have.
"Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble" (Pr 15:16 NKJV).
(3) What others think of you is more crucial than what you have. "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold" (Pr 22:1 NKJV).
Don't worry about "keeping up with the Joneses." The Joneses might be one step from bankruptcy or the divorce court. Furthermore, if you did catch up with the Joneses, they would just refinance. The truth is, you will never be happy with what you have until you learn to be happy with what others have--that you don't have. The Bible tells us covetousness is a sin. And covetousness is simply failing to enjoy what God has given you!
The greatest things in life can't be bought.