Gold or God

Where do you put your trust? Do you put your trust in gaining wealth? Do you believe the more you are worth monetarily the more secure you are? Have you put your trust in money to the point you have pushed God to the side?

We often put a significant amount of trust in money. We strive to make more of it. We work to save money. We like to have large bank accounts. We invest in the stock market, real estate, or new businesses to grow our money.

Is there anything wrong with saving or investing money? No…unless it becomes more important to us than God. When we put making money or growing wealth above God on our priority list, it becomes sinful. Money and wealth will have become an idol to us.

Our culture, and Satan, wants us to believe we will be happier with more money. True, we may be happy for a little while, but it will not last. Within days, weeks, or months, the gold loses its gleam, and we go off searching for more. We work harder, gain a little more, and are temporarily satisfied again. The cycle becomes an endless cycle of yearning, but never being truly fulfilled.

However, when we put God first, we are eternally satisfied. God grants us joy and peace by his grace. He provides for what we need. He may or may not grant us wealth. If he does, it is for us to share with others, not to hoard and satisfy our earthly desires. It is God’s generosity with us and our reciprocal generosity with others that God provides for all. It is by obeying God’s will in our lives that we are truly satisfied.

I pray we all make God our top priority. I pray we seek the eternal joy only God can give us. I pray each one of us seek to follow God’s will, being generous with the gifts he has given us. Do not put your trust in wealth. Put your trust in God. Seek to follow his will. Be generous with your blessings.

Job 31:24, 28

“If I have put my trust in gold

or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ …

then these also would be sins to be judged,

for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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