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The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall. (Proverbs 18:11)
Imaginations run rife when people have wealth but no godly perspective. As the writer of Proverbs says, "It is their fortified city and they imagine it an unscalable wall."
Wealth may guarantee the best of treatment, but it cannot guarantee health and long life. Wealth may guarantee the best of homes, but it cannot guarantee peace and joy within.
Jesus once told a parable,
"The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."' "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:16-21)
But the Bible provides certain guarantees for those who love God, acknowledge Him and call upon Him.
"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." (Psalm 91:14- 16)
Being wealthy is not a sin and the Bible says that the blessing of the Lord brings wealth, but it must never in our imaginations become our fortified city or unscalable wall.
For the believer:
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)"
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian