Someone has said, “Money is a universal passport to everywhere except heaven, and a certain provider for everything except happiness.” In itself money is good and necessary, but to love it is sinful. Those who try to find contentment in wealth are usually not satisfied unless have just little bit more.
Coming downstairs one morning, a wealthy man heard his cook exclaim, “Oh, if I only had 5 dollars, wouldn’t I be content!” Thinking the matter over, and wanting to see the woman satisfied, he handed her a 5-dollar bill. She thanked him profusely, He paused outside the kitchen door to hear if she would express the same satisfaction and thanks to God. As soon as she thought he was out of earshot, he heard her mutter in disgust, “Oh, why didn’t I say 10 dollars!” That’s the typical cry of the covetous heart.
A Christian magazine reported that a songbook had a misprint in one line of the hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” It should have read, “Land me safe on Canaan’s shore,” but it was printed, “Land my safe on Canaan’s shore.” The editor observed, “The revised version might be acceptable to many who have fallen into the trap of the love of money.”
To find the joy and satisfaction that comes from God – that’s contentment. Truthfully now, are you seeking to be rich in goods or rich in God? Are you covetous or contented? – Henry G. Bosch
Who finds in Christ a resting place
From all his toil and pain
Has greater wealth than if earth’s gold
Were gathered to his gain. – Garrison
The real measure of our wealth is what will be ours in eternity.
- August 16, 1988, Our Daily Bread