Promises from Proverbs
The wise man built his house upon the rock. When the rains came down and the flood came up, his house stood firm. How about you? Where have you built your house?
We’ve all built our lives on something. Solomon, the richest man who ever lived, said: Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
If you’re wearing yourself out just to gain wealth, that means your primary focus is on money! But that will get you nowhere. Work can become an idol that messes with our priorities. It takes our focus off of God, family, and church.
The chain of relationships from family to work is so intertwined that the apostle Paul listed them as a series in Colossians 3: first, husband-wife relationships, second, parent-child relationships, and third, authority-work relationships. Paul knew that unless a Christian had all of those managed properly, their life could not manifest joy, peace, or contentment.
Secondly, Solomon said that wealth is fleeting. Don’t put your hope or dependency there because it can disappear suddenly.
See, when someone trusts in money rather than God, they lose their bearing. Like the man who built his house on the sand, you’ll be swept away by the first storm that comes your direction. God alone must be our fortress, our hiding place, the solid Rock on which we stand. Everything else is truly “shifting sand”.
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