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Trusting In Perishable Riches

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“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch” (Proverbs 11:28).

TEXT — Proverbs 11:22-31


Not long ago, a man shipped five 40-foot containers from Asia to an African country. The containers were filled to the brim with textile materials. As the ship containing the goods sailed from faraway Asia, the man like any other businessman began to make plans on how to expand his wealth. He was excited that his profit would run into millions of his local currency. He then acquired a property in a city centre but paid only 20 percent of the money. He would pay the rest when his goods arrived in the country. He also committed himself to so many other ventures while waiting for the ship to berth. One month after, the vessel berthed but was impounded by the Custom authorities. The man developed high blood pressure and suddenly died.
The book of Proverbs warns us against trusting in worldly riches. Doing that will only lead to failure and regret eventually. But the righteous who trusts in the Lord will flourish like a tree planted by the river. The word of God also encourages us to give. When we give, we increase but when we withhold our possessions from the poor and the needy, we only extend an invitation to poverty. Liberal souls shall be made fat but those who withhold their treasures from the poor and the needy will attract poverty and curses upon themselves.
Believers must be careful not to put their trust in riches and wealth. They must also guard against having excessive and obsessive love for money as this will ultimately damn the soul. Having riches and wealth is not bad. God desires that His people become wealthy and prosperous. But when these come, we are not to put our trust in them. Wealth must not take the place of God in our lives. They are only to serve as means of doing service for God.
The question is, how do you handle the wealth that the Lord has given you? Do you see yourself as a custodian of God’s wealth in your possession and so use it for His service and glory? Or do you hold back what God has given you and only use it for your own selfish purpose? God’s word is clear; “the liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself”. So, give and don’t hold back.

Thought for the day

Godless wealth may exclude poverty but it invites adversities.
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About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


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