“Riches don’t help in the day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.” Proverbs 11:4
This past week I have been reading the book of Proverbs and this verse stuck in my mind, “Riches don’t help in the day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.” The first thing I see (as do most people) is a clear reference to the end times; however, I have to ask myself, “How can I apply this verse to my life now?” Let’s take a look at how the Message Bible puts it: “A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.” This is something I can apply to my life right now. You see there are many people in this life that will strive for a big bankroll. It seems there is never enough money for them and they will strive for it by any means. This is not what we are taught in the Scriptures.
With so many voices out there telling us that we need this and we need that, there is no wonder we are losing our focus on what is truly important in life. In Hebrews 13:5 we find, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” How many of us can say we are content? Even I have to keep checking myself. We just bought a new Jeep and the first thing we started talking about was when we would replace the other one.
God is good and we must never loose our focus on building a life that is pleasing to Him. Did I need a new car? Yes. Do I need to replace the other one? Yes, but not today. My wife and I have been very blessed in love, life and work and sometimes we need to stop and do a self-check to insure we give the glory for this life to Jesus. We are not to do this by some bumper sticker on the new Jeep but in the way we live our lives. We are to do it as Paul put it in Philippians 4:11, “I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance.”
So the question is, “Are you willing to be content in any circumstance to spend one day with Jesus?”