Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: ~ Proverbs 30:8
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me my daily bread” a powerful and simple way to interact with the world. Yet, some practices embraced by many Christians, seem to seek bread by the weeks, months, and years. Gluttonous… wasteful excess for personal gratification that lives in the prosperity doctrines found in many churches. An ideology that most often produces greed.
God affirms that it is He, who gives a person the power to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). 1 Timothy 6:9, tells us that those who seek to get rich fall into temptation, traps and many foolish and harmful desires that lead to ruin and destruction. Which is sad, because “rich” denotes money and possessions, while “wealth” is so much more.
For when God gives wealth, be assured of happiness and prosperity, with spiritual well-being. The following Scriptures, help to explain the right and the wrong use of money and possessions; Matthew 6:21, Matthew 21:12-13, Malachi 3:10, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Romans 13:8, Psalm 37:16-17, Proverbs 13:11, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 19:21, Proverbs 17:16, Matthew 6:24, Luke 3:14, Exodus 22:25, 1 Timothy 6:10, and Proverbs 10:4.
Christians beliefs and practices about wealth must not seem indistinguishable from non-believers. The Sermon on the Mount teaches perplexing and challenging wisdom from Jesus about the right relationship with wealth… to avoid greed. Based on Matthew 6:24, Christians “cannot serve God and wealth” and must remember that greed is much craftier than merely the desire for wealth.
Those who know Jesus Christ will not store up all their riches on earth… It is enough that this day… we have our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.