Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Money Is Not Everything
“People might be wealthy, but they cannot stay here forever. They will die like the animals.” Psalms 49:12 ERV
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, that money is not everything. Someone said, “Money can buy a house, but not a home. Money can buy a bed, but not sleep. Money can buy a clock, but not time. Money can buy a book, but not knowledge. Money can buy food, but not an appetite. Money can buy position, but not respect. Money can buy blood, but not life. Money can buy insurance, but not safety.”
Talking about the rich, Solomon wrote: “They think their wealth will protect them. They brag about how rich they are. But no one has enough to buy back a life, and you cannot bribe God. You will never get enough money to pay for your own life. You will never have enough to buy the right to live forever and keep your body out of the grave. Look, the wise die the same as fools and stupid people. They die and leave their wealth to others. The grave will be their new home forever. And how much land they owned will not make any difference. People might be wealthy, but they cannot stay here forever. They will die like the animals.”
Jonathan Swift said something very important. He said that “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” Think about it; it makes a lot of sense. And that’s what God has always tried to teach us; not to trust in riches. We should never be possessed by material things.