Posted in Devotionals

Neither Poverty Nor Riches

God woke me up early this morning with one thought on my heart. Something he showed a great man a long time ago.

To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction
-Sir Isaac Newton

God said to me “Most often you do not see the reaction to your actions.” And then He said to look to the air as an example. He said “You do not see air; you can only see the smoke that can fill it, or the fog when it lays on it; you can only feel the air when there is a breeze, or a chill, or when it’s moist; you can only hear it when it blows strong, rustles through the trees, or makes the chimes ring in the garden; and you can only smell it when there is an odor, but it is always there. When you walk you don’t see the reaction of the air to your movement, but it is there.”

Then God said to look at Solomon. Everyone knows about Solomon, his riches, fame and glory seem to be more famous now than when he was alive. Yes Solomon had riches beyond belief. He brought in 666 talents of gold a year (1 kings 10:14).  The price of gold at this writing is $1686.32, so in today’s terms he brought in about $1,347,706,944 a year in gold alone. He had wives, concubines, spices, and wisdom beyond any wisdom. He had everything. But just as everyone in the Bible, he also had his troubles. Solomon never worshipped his gold, but the gold and fame did make him susceptible to corruption.

Even after being warned it would happen, he ended up going after two women who turned his heart away from God (1 Kings 11:1-9) and the unseen reaction to his action was not seen until later during his son’s reign. The kingdom was separated.  God gave one tribe to Solomon’s son for the sake of David and for the sake of Jerusalem, but the rest was torn away. (1 Kings 11:11-13)

Money has been a long time debatable subject with Christians. It’s one of those topics that cause quarrels and disputes. Money has done a great job of destroying relationships of all kinds, all over the world. It has caused separation in churches, families, friendships, governments, businesses and brotherly bonds. It causes people to become greedy and selfish; it brings on materialism which in turn leads many to outrageous debts, which has consequences all on its own. It can also cause a separation between you and God, just as it did with Solomon.

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:9-11

Even today you are warned to not pursue riches because the desire for money makes you corruptible; MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL SORTS OF EVIL. Warning after warning after warning and yet no one listens, no one wants to hear because they have a love of money. And look what it is doing to our next generation. Children are growing up to be materialistic, yet you do not see the damage.

One of the things that Jesus said is that you cannot serve two masters because you will hate one and love the other or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. (Matthew 6:24) He also said it is hard it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven and then to give you a picture of just how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven he said it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matthew  19:23-24)! And yet, people still do not listen.

People preach that God gives abundantly, and you know He does because His word says it is so, but look at what happened to Solomon.  Even after being commanded to not go after foreign wives, after being warned not once, but twice, he still sinned and still caused the kingdom to be torn.

You being a child of God have your salvation, because there is only one unforgivable sin (Matthew 12:31). But this does not mean you cannot loose rewards in heaven as well as here on earth. It’s time to consider the consequences of your actions. You need to look at the “UNSEEN” reactions. You are being warned. The need for material possessions is turning the hearts of people away from God. Would you rather have money in your pocket now and risk destroying what lies in future generations?

One of the things Moses spoke was that God’s people would have everything in plenty, even overflowing, and they would forget that it was the Lord God which gave it to them. Many preach overflowing abundance, but they don’t take the time to teach the dangers of that abundance. Many rich and famous people started off with pure hearts, but most lost their way and became corrupted- some falling into such deep sin that they became abominations. Only a few have held tight to what is true and right.

Gambling on the outcome of riches and fame is a risk of life and the life is not always yours, for as with Solomon, if God has favor on you, then the penalty for your sin may fall on another. Is that really what you desire? If it is, then maybe you are not truly the Child of God you claim to be. Examine yourself and your motives today please. Be honest about the desire you are asking for.

The words of Aguar the son of Jakeh, the oracle (Proverbs 30:1) say

Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

What a humble request to make of the Lord – give me neither poverty nor riches.

Why be devoted to money?  Why not pray that you have a good happy life free from troubles instead of riches and don’t open the door for the devil to take hold?