Opulent, wasteful, ostentatious luxury is a characteristic of sinners. “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 22:13-17
The righteous will have wealth and riches in their houses. In fact, all upright christian believers are already wealthy. Wealth means security from want and safety from destruction. Along with wealth are biblical instructions for its use in the kingdom of God. Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Psalm 112:1-5
Almighty God, your love is better than silver and gold. Give me wisdom so that I may know and understand the righteous use of wealth. Amen.
Jeremiah speaks for the Lord to Shallum and Jehoiakim sons of Josiah king of Judah. “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor. He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.’ So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red. “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the Lord. “But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.” Jeremiah 22:13-17
God Most High, help me defend the cause of the poor and needy. Help me to understand the true riches. Amen.
I am wealthy because wealth is a benefit of my royal status. Isaiah tells me to listen to him and I will eat the richest of fare. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Isaiah 55:2
This proverb is often on my lips because I look for the day for its fulfillment. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22
There are many verses in the Bible promising good to the righteous. Having this assurance is worth more than money and wealth. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:25
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23
God my Shepherd, may your love follow me everywhere and show me your salvation. Amen.