Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf (Proverbs 11:28)
Trusting in wealth is a common tendency among mankind. But, the Bible is filled with warnings about this tendency.
For one, the Bible makes it clear that trusting in your wealth is spiritually unsatisfactory and an unsure foundation. The Bible does not say God has a problem with a person being wealthy. The problem comes when wealth replaces God in a person’s heart.
The word of God warns us of the catastrophic consequences of trusting in riches. Here we have yet another such warning. That kind of trust will result in a fall.
A fall from what?
From all hope. When people pin all their hopes on their wealth and they lose that wealth, they often lose all hope.
To where does one fall?
It is a fall into disappointment and despair.
Why would one fall who trusts in riches?
Because, as mentioned above, it is an insecure foundation and money grows wings and flies away.
The contrast painted here is between those who trust in their riches and the righteous. This obviously means that trusting in riches is considered unrighteous. One can’t be both. Either you serve God or you serve Money. A man cannot have two masters.
The righteous are, firstly, those who realize their dependence on God for salvation. They have reached a point where they believe only He can justify the ungodly. They also believe that He has paved the way for righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus. Secondly, as can be deducted from this proverb, the righteous pin all their hopes on God. Not on money, or people or anything else. They understand they are just the branches, not the root of the tree.
As Jesus explained in the parable of the Sower, the concerns of those with riches often leave the word unfruitful, choking the life out and thus they produce no fruit.
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. (Matthew 13:22)
Paul warned in His letter to Timothy that the love of money leads to all sorts of trouble, even trouble enough to ruin one’s faith. So, as Paul said, let us be content with what we have. Let us never forget that we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing with us when we leave.
Let us follow the example of Paul and pray to reach that point where we can learn to be content, whether in plenty or in want, for these are the ones who will flourish even in times of want.
- The-Good Soil (the-goodsoil.com)