RICHES AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
“I need to come to talk with you,” he said nervously. “I have everything anyone could ask for, but I’m miserable. I think you are the only hope I have. As soon as I get back from this trip I’m taking, I’ll be in to see you.”
“Well,” I said, “I don’t have any answers for your problems, but I believe strongly that God does. And, if you seek Him sincerely and honestly, He’ll give you the right answer for any problem. We have His Word on that.”
The trip is over. He returned safely and had a “good time,” but has found no time to look for God’s answers to his miserable condition. Perhaps the trip was so enjoyable that it has relieved him, temporarily, of his distress. It may also have been a “gentle” forewarning from God that, when his misery returns, he will not escape His wrath the next time.
God does everything He can to bring people to a place while they still have time to make things “right” with Him. Our God is not only gracious; He is patient and inviting. But, as Solomon wrote, “Wealth is worthless in the day of God’s wrath.”
When that “day of wrath” arrives, no amount of this world’s wealth will make any difference. To support this fact, David wrote a warning to the wealthy who have no time for God: “The foolish and the senseless also perish. People, despite their wealth, do not endure.”
Righteousness and right living have their rewards: a life with God’s presence, power and protection now, and a life with Him in eternity. He promised us that He would deliver us from death and destruction, and grant us eternal life with Him in the future. Trust Him today!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your salvation, the assurance of Your presence and protection now, the gift of hope, and the promise of eternal life with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.