Today’s word 2-28-2011


Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
Proverbs 28:8

I read somewhere ─ pardon me, but I do not remember where ─ that large fortunes could only be acquired two ways, stealing or inheriting, and that those who inherit are just getting something that their parents or grandparents had stolen. This somewhat cynical observation has some truth to it and shows a sad reality. People, in their quest to secure a comfortable future, free from financial worries, are capable bypassing moral principles and even breaking laws to achieve their financial goals. One of the most common ways to do this is by usury. Usurer is a person who lends money at unreasonable high interest rates; usually to people who are poor or who can least afford the high rates. The term also applies to those who disproportionately inflate the price of goods to take advantage of the vagaries of supply and demand. Either way, usury is theft. What usurers do not know is that any money earned this way will only serve to fatten the coffers of those of whom God has chosen to manage his wealth and are willing to give generously to the poor and the needy.

There is nothing more uncertain than riches, even more so when wealth is obtained by reprehensible methods. God provides in abundance to those who know how to manage the wealth that has been trusted to them. Trying to secure something that is beyond what God knows we need or we can manage is to get ourselves into a fine mess and to deviate from the path that God has set for us. Are we managing our finances according to the criteria established by God or according to the criteria established by the world? Devoting adequate attention to this aspect of our lives will result in great benefit to us. Trust in the Lord Jesus and he will give you what you need and some more. Let us manage what he has given us in a way according to his wise principles. To God alone be the glory!

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