Your Real Riches
He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be stripped of everything when I die.
The LORD gave me everything I had, and the LORD has taken
it away. Praise the name of the LORD!”
Job 1:21 NLT
Earthly riches are transitory; spiritual riches are not. Martin Luther observed, “Many things I have tried to grasp and have lost. That which I have placed in God’s hands I still have.” How true.
In our demanding world, financial security can be a good thing, but spiritual prosperity is profoundly more important. Certainly we all need the basic necessities of life, but once we’ve acquired those necessities, enough is enough. Why? Because our real riches are not of this world. We are never really rich until we are rich in spirit.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot, 100 Days of Prayer
Wealth is something entrusted to us by God, something God doesn’t want us to trust. He wants us to trust Him. - Warren Wiersbe
When possessions become our god, we become materialistic and greedy . . . and we forfeit our contentment and our joy. - Charles Swindoll
What we possess often possesses us—we are possessed by possessions. - Oswald Chambers
Dear Lord, all I have belongs to You. When I leave this world I take nothing with me. Help me to value my relationship with You—and my relationships with others— more than I value my material possessions. Amen
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.