You hear a lot about wealth in our nation. Wall Street and the state of the economy get a lot of play. Our President and most Congressmen are wealthy. Professional athletes make unreal salaries. Every year various magazines list the 100 richest people in the country. We have more millionaires and billionaires than ever.

But rather than measure wealth by assets, God measures it in a different way. God measures wealth by much more than money. Biblical wealth is the ability to experience and enjoy God’s presence. 1 Chronicles 29:12. In other words, the poorest of the poor by God’s standard can be much wealthier compared to a rich man who rejects or lives without God in his or her life. It is God who is the source of all gain.

There is no way to amass wealth and certainly blessing apart from God. Our hard work, ingenuity, planning and wisdom are important but they are not paramount. As our Creator, He is the sole source of blessing. He, alone, gives us everything we need for life. So many of the world’s wealthiest people live miserable lives because they remain empty without God.

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift is from God. In Deuteronomy 8: 17-18, God reminded the Hebrews whom He had delivered from bondage in Egypt that they must never forget they it was He alone who gave them who gave them the ability to produce wealth.

Because of that, we need to remember that wealth or anything we have flows from the provision of God. Therefore, we are to be humble and sensible and faithful stewards. We are not to be greedy but rather generous and responsible. God gives it all and it is all His. We are simply caretakers and must guard against greed, and flaunting or misusing what we have. We need to be generous. Our spending and investments should even reflect His will. And gambling and devices or schemes should never be on our plate. We need to understand we can never outgive God. We need to realize that God blesses us that we might bless others.

Are you rich? If so, is it by God’s standards or the world’s? Do you chase after wealth or the Lord? In Him is real wealth. In Him is real joy. Riches are fine if God remains our priority. And if we remember the source. Otherwise they are like a snare. Don’t let that happen.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend

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