Today’s word for May 10, 2011


People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.
Psalm 49:20

It seems that today there is nothing more representative of personal success than the abundance of money and possessions. Those who manage to accumulate large sums in their bank accounts are admired as very important people “You are worth what you have” confirms popular culture, echoing the generalized opinion. Even some children of God have made prosperity (or lack thereof) as a measure of the believer’s faith and therefore as an indicator of spiritual progress (or stagnation). “If you do not have money is because you are living in sin or because your faith is very little” say these apostles of super faith and prosperity. The big lie of Satan has penetrated large sections of Christianity and has caused numerous cases of painful frustration and confusion. Even many who do not share the prosperity doctrines feel dejected and defeated because they can not get out of debt or because they do not reach the level of affluence they see others obtain with relative ease. Larry Burkett, renowned and prolific Christian author, an expert in financial counseling coined the term “financial slavery” to describe this situation.

Wealth produces a false sense of stability and security that automatically makes it an idol. It’s something so personal that what a person receives as income is considered a taboo subject. The word of God tells us much about finances, says that riches are uncertain and therefore we should not put our hope in them but on the author of wealth. Wealth belongs to God and no matter how hard we try we can not achieve it unless God has so decided. Let us not lose, then, our time chasing treasures. Remember what the apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Only to God be the glory!

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