If Riches Increase - Psalm 62:10
The increase of riches almost always brings a level of comfort. In one parable, the Lord spoke of a rich man whose ground brought forth plentifully (Luke 12:16). The rich man came to trust in his abundance and decided to take his ease (Luke 12:19), but that night he died (Luke 12:20). Even if death does not rob a man of his riches, riches are not for ever (Proverbs 27:24), because they "certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven" (Proverbs 23:5). Those who trust in riches will fall (Proverbs 11:28). Perhaps this is why Paul told Timothy to warn the rich that they trust not in uncertain riches, but in the living God (1 Timothy 6:17).
- (For smaller children) Job knew better than to trust in riches (Job 31:24-25, 28). Riches are not forever, but eternity is. Consider the end of those who trust in riches (Psalm 49:6-7; Psalm 52:5, 7; Psalm 73:12, 16-17; Proverbs 11:4).
- What are some ways in which riches can "certainly make themselves wings"? Why is it dangerous for you to come to trust in your riches?
- How certain is your job? How certain is the stock market? How certain is the financial stability of your country? How quickly could you lose all that you have?
- Ask God to show you the uncertainty of riches.
- Ask the Lord to guard you from misplaced faith.
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