Monday, October 1, 2012

Easy come? Easy go

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it (Proverbs 13:11).

On Christmas morning 2002, Jack Whittaker found out he had won the Powerball lottery jackpot - $315 million - the largest individual payout in US lottery history. Though he began with intentions to do good with his winnings, his world quickly fell apart with the death of his granddaughter Brandi from a drug overdose which was funded by her allowance from Whittaker and the breakup of his marriage. Whittaker did give money to churches and to people who were in need but was soon bombarded with lawsuits, thievery and greed. He turned to drinking as he watched what he called the "powerball curse" destroy his life. Go here to read this sad story.

Solomon warned, He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 5:10

Instead, we are to Honor the LORD with our wealth and with the first-fruits of all our produce;
Proverbs 3:9

Seek love for God and others, for love is still the greatest gift.

Solomon accurately says, money cannot buy love:

Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.
Song of Solomon 8:7

 Money has its place as tool to be used for the glory of God. John Wesley famously advised...earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can.

Instead of dreaming of get-rich-quick schemes, focus on laying aside a steady percentage of your income for the future.

Finally, whose money is it anyway? Everything we own is on loan from God. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. I Chronicles 29:14