This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.
If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
One of the biggest challenges a son of God must face during his pilgrimage on this earth is the prosperity and supposed success of those who openly oppose the commandments of God. The system established by this world is responsible for promoting those who have managed to accumulate wealth, regardless of whether they were obtained by legal or illegal means. The fact is not how but how much. What seems more important is the end and not the means used to achieve it. Everyone dreams to win the lottery jackpot, even those who do not buy the tickets. It seems that the motto “Success equals wealth” was inscribed with fire in the minds of all. The same system is responsible for teaching us ad nauseam that the limitation of resources is a sign of failure and a reason for sadness. Many become discouraged when they see that most of the time honesty does not lead to material wealth.
Wise King Solomon looked at all the things that have to do with life and its purpose. In terms of material wealth he said: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” and “as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. ” This is the sad reality of those who live tied to the belief that money is happiness. As we can see, the truth is quite the opposite. Of course, this does not mean that riches are bad. The gift of God is wealth and its enjoyment. The reward offered by the enemy is riches with pain and sorrow. Solomon said, “when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” Let us therefore pay no heed to the material achievements of those opposed to God and let us look up to him who can really give us a life full of goods and happiness. To God alone be the glory!
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
We live in a world dominated by the keeping up of appearances. Everything is done under the concealment of a mask. Fierce wolves disguise as tender and humble sheep to hide their true intentions. The rich spend their lives complaining that they do not have enough money when in fact they spend huge sums of money to satisfy their carnal desires. Drug traffickers carry out social action works to put the ignorant people on their side so that they facilitate the execution of illegal activities. The corrupt behave as if butter would not melt in their mouths. Politicians, experts in the art of mimicry, camouflage their personal interests for power, fame and wealth under a blanket of sacrifice in defense of popular interests. Pedophiles and perverts move freely in society without being detected because they wear honorable faces full of falsehood. But none of this should be surprising to us since the word of God reveals that the world is under the temporary control of the evil one, who as the father of lies has covered with tinsel all the misery and destruction that are part of his diabolical plan. The enemy’s strategy is successful because most people are naive and cannot tell good from evil and on the few occasions that they can clearly differentiate between good and evil they choose the latter, obeying the impulses of their sinful nature.
It is very easy to get carried away by attractive but adulterated appearances. With little effort, but at high risk it is possible to construct a facade of wealth and prosperity which has no firm foundation since it is based on money that we cannot be sure that we will have in the future as we are not masters of our lives and our destiny. The reality is that we are under the control of unscrupulous lenders who finance our excesses far beyond our real financial capabilities. God does not judge by appearances. God knows very well what is in the heart of man and therefore he cannot be deceived. Make sure, then, that our exterior accurately reflects what we have in our heart so we do not fall into the vice of presumption. Who has Christ, has everything and lacks nothing. To God alone be the glory!
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
One of the worst jobs to which someone could devote to is the job of usurer. Usurers are people who are willing to lend money to others who are experiencing financial need ─in some cases as a result of vice─ at a high cost of financing. The interest rate charged by these ruthless individuals is astronomically high, often exceeding eighty times the interest rate on loans from private banks. The poor victim who is only interested in getting out of a quagmire of insolvency does not object to the cost of debt he is incurring. To his regret, after being caught in the Machiavellian obligation, it is very late to pull back and out of the trap in which he has fallen. He is only left with the resignation to pay every month or every week the high cost of the “help” the usurer provided and having to endure the insults and verbal attacks that the usurer will use to get his money back and his revenue. The financial trap of usury is not a nice place to spend one’s life.
Fortunately, the word of God contains many tips and guidelines to properly manage finances according to God’s plans. God has a very dim view of this detestable species of leeches on legs and has prepared for them severe consequences in this life and in the upcoming judgment. If you have fallen into the clutches of these despicable individuals you must use all your energy and resources to escape from the trap. Confess your financial sins to God and ask for financial freedom from the burden you are carrying now. Stick to the teachings of God and take refuge under the protection that only he can provide. If you follow his footsteps you will find the solution to your financial difficulties and the strength to escape from them.To God alone be the glory!
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
Some have made of their existence a race to accumulate steadily as much money as possible to somehow ensure they will have covered all their needs when they quit work and stop collecting a paycheck. They are not only concerned with acquiring wealth, but also strive for not spending a single penny that is not fully justified. Unfortunately, these people on top of accumulating wealth, they build upon themselves the consequences of their misdeeds because their sole purpose has been the hoarding of capital and everything else has been relegated because of their ambition. Others do not aspire to become millionaires but live worried all the time, thinking how to achieve the necessary funds for their livelihood.
True riches are attained only through the blessing of God. He gives to each one according to his wonderful purpose, ie some get much and others get little, depending on their administrative capacities and therefore we should never worry about money because he cares for us. The riches that God gives us represent far beyond than simple monetary treasures. More important things such as love, joy, peace, wisdom, safety, health, purpose, stability and life itself are part of the treasure that God has prepared for the enjoyment of those who have placed their trust in the Lord’s name. Nobody, not even the wicked has been enriched by being concerned. So trust in the Lord and follow his advice: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Our heavenly Father knows our needs and he provides for them in abundance. To God alone be the glory!
 Matthew 6:33-34
The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
Some people think that wealth comes from cunningly conducted business and that it is a demonstration of the wisdom of those who have become rich this way. Nothing could be farther from reality. While it is true that the word of God speaks of certain financial principles that will help us not to fall into debt and enjoy a healthy economy, these principles by themselves cannot guarantee financial success. The wise man honors God with his wealth and the first fruits of his crops. God knows the hearts of all men, so he knows the spiritual condition of he who presented the offering. The gift that someone “honors” God with may be ineffective if the heart of he who offers it does not act with sincerity and devotion. God gives us wisdom that allows us to make good decisions on any area of our lives, including our finances. Let us remember that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord, which is obedience and reverence to God.
So wealth does not depend on cunning or a supposed “financial wisdom” but on the will of God that is good and pleasing and perfect. While there are many non-believers who “enjoy” the accumulation of money and apparently are happy, in reality they are not. Their alleged joy is only a facade behind which they hide their misery. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Let us act wisely and let us follow the teachings of the Word of God with grateful hearts for all the blessings, financial or of any other kind, that we have received from the mighty hand of God . To God alone be the glory!
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Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
It is no secret that the world is facing an economic crisis of such magnitude not seen since the decade of the 20s of the last century, that is, almost one hundred years ago. Not only individuals have been affected by the financial meltdown, entire countries are in serious trouble today and they have not been able to recover from the economic quagmire in which they have sunk. We have the examples of Greece, Spain and Portugal, to name a few economies that in the recent past looked with some strength and are now on the verge of default. Latin American economies have seen an improvement in the last two years with the notable exception of Venezuela, but in any case, apart from Brazil, this growth does not look sustainable in the medium and long term. Even economies that were rapidly growing such as the case of China are suffering some effects of slowing down. In the U.S., the unemployment situation has not been resolved despite strong capital injections by the government in order to revive the economy. Even the rich are worried because many of them have seen their fortunes reduced by the effect of falling financial markets.
The things that are happening are signs that the end is approaching. For those who live depending on the riches they have accumulated this is a worrying situation. For those who have placed their trust in God and depend only on him, the current financial crisis is just a sneeze of the many that the world has experienced since its inception. How does the current crisis affect you? Are you at risk of a financial disaster or are you sure the Lord will watch over you and provide everything you and your family need? Do not put your trust in riches because they are unreliable. Your hope must be based on the power of God and the love he has shown you. Seek his guidance and consult with him before making any decision that may have an impact on your financial stability. He will give you the best guidance available. To God alone be the glory!
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They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
The sheep mentioned in this psalm are not the same sheep that we usually remember from some well known passages of the Word of God. For example, referring to Jesus we are told that “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” And of the children of God the word says: “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” These would be the good sheep. But the sheep mentioned in Psalm 49 were destined for death because their heart was always ruled by pride and haughtiness. Today, these sheep accumulate wealth and possessions and they are convinced that money is going to protect them from death. They rely only on themselves and their wealth; they boast of their many possessions. They appear to be happy and they continually receive praise for their achievements but this will serve for nothing when death knocks on their door.
The word of God is very insistent that we should not depend on wealth and possessions. We brought nothing into the world and nothing we will take with us when we leave. Our strength is the Lord and not the number of digits on our bank account balance. Let’s not put our eyes on money or we will end up falling in love with it and we know that the love of money is the root of all evil. Let us seek to depend on God for everything, both in complex and in simple things. Relying on God will give us the peace and quiet we need. To God alone be the glory!
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Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
How easy it is for the enemy of our souls and the world, which is also our enemy, to keep us distracted from what is truly important. Their favorite tools, which act as an attractive bait, are displayed before our eyes for us to lose sight of the goal of our life and the direction we need to maintain to reach our destination. Financial success, whether obtained by illegal or unethical means, is the accepted and recognized metric for progress and welfare and trying to achieve it makes us leeches that only live to demand more and more. We have been dazzled by the alleged happiness that results from having many goods and only having to rely on the riches that we have managed to accumulate. Money, now has become the savior of our lives and it makes us look away from our true Savior, Jesus Christ.
The way the apostle Paul explains it is striking: «Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.» What is in plain view can not be denied. Many are now under the yoke of mismanaged finances for having been blinded by the false appeal of the prosperity of the wicked. Let us return our gaze to the Provider of all good and all blessings, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. If we stay focused on the way he presents in front of us, we will stay out of all grief related to the mismanagement of our finances. To God alone be the glory!
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Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Man, who was created in God’s image, has one or more genes in his chromosomes that equip him with creativity or the ability to create. Human creations typically begin with the generation of an idea that, if physically feasible, can be transformed into work or action. It is in the process of generating ideas where we find the open door of the imagination. Some of the ideas taken from the fantasy world have been converted into concrete objects or actions but most of them just remain as they are, that is, mere fantasies. There are many people who like to visit this world of fiction, but not to take ideas and turn them into works but to seek an escape from reality. Their life is to imagine entelechy after entelechy and frolic among them but their ideas never come to fruition. They spend a lifetime dreaming of the “may be” and therefore fail to give due attention to the “is” and the “ought to be.” We can afford to spend a reasonable length of time daydreaming about opportunities and desires, but if we dedicate too much time to this world of illusion, most likely we will end up losing touch with reality.
Human beings were created to be engaged in productive activities that generate satisfaction. Those who think that work is a curse or a devious way of punishment are completely wrong. The truth is that whoever does not work will see that his situation degenerates day by day and every day that passes he becomes a poorer person, both physically and spiritually. Let us manage with much wisdom and seriousness the time we dedicate to solace in this world of fantasy and dreams. Let us give thanks to God because we have been given the gift of imagination and creativity that allows us to participate, as beings created in God’s image, in the creative process and also because we are blessed with a job or an activity that keeps us busy, productive, satisfied and grateful to God. To God alone be the glory!
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People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.
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!