Treasure and Trouble

Chic Broersma

READ : Proverbs 15:12-17

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. (v. 16)

In the Old Testament prosperity is spoken of as a blessing God gives to his faithful people. The New Testament says more about the dangers of wealth and the need for faithful stewardship. In a democratic capitalist society, wealth is usually the reward for hard and wise work. We all benefit.

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, became a millionaire by age 29. He had bought his wife everything her eyes desired. But one day he came home to an empty house and a farewell note. She had left. Fuller caught up with her in New York City. She explained that the things that were supposed to satisfy had left her empty. Together they decided to sell everything they had. They dedicated themselves to helping the poor and working for justice for the oppressed. Fuller wrote, “We were giving up a whole way of life that was killing us.”

David Kellermann, Adolf Merckle, and René-Thierry de la Villehuchet all headed huge financial empires. They all were millionaires, maybe billionaires. They also all died by their own hand.

Work is good. Wealth may or may not be. How is it with you? Your lifestyle will be either life-giving or life-destroying, both for yourself and for those you love. Having a little with the fear of the Lord is better than having a lot without it.

PRAYER

Lord, make me wise in work and life for the sake of those closest to me. Amen.