Road Rules | Proverbs 10:2 | Devotional
Proverbs 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.
Bernard Lawrence Madoff. Ever heard of him? He confessed to his sons on December 10, 2008, that the asset management arm of his securities investment firm was a giant Ponzi scheme, or as he put it, “one big lie.” That “big lie” cost his clients $65 billion. And for a time, at least, the “big lie” provided a big lifestyle for the Madoff’s.
When Madoff and his wife were not on their $7 million yacht, they were hanging out in their $7 million Manhattan apartment, their $3 million Montauk home, or their $11 million residence in Palm Beach. And, of course, there was $12.5 million worth of furniture, household goods, art and jewelry.
But today, Madoff sits in prison after being convicted of operating one of the largest investor frauds ever committed by a single person. Sentenced to 150 years behind bars, the 71 year old will die in prison. His “ill-gotten treasures are of no value.” But Madoff has lost much more than his freedom; he has lost his integrity. A man can live without a lot of things…but not that.
Father, protect us from the glittering treasures that surround us. Keep us from the temptation of shortcuts. Build us as men and women of integrity. Thank you for the imputed righteousness of Jesus, that delivers the believer from certain and final death. In Christ’s Name. Amen.