“For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied, that is the time to watch out that you don’t become proud and forget the Lord your God”  Deuteronomy 8:12-14.

While most people think becoming wealthy is a dream that should bring happiness, reality is that wealth brings pride, arrogance and many distractions from what really matters.  I used to tell my starstruck children “If wealth and fame brought happiness, why are so many in Hollywood living such desperate lives?”   Wealth is a great temptation.  Wealthy people begin to feel that their wealth is a sign of their personal success, their personal value, and their wealth not only makes them somehow better than others, but confers power.  It is addictive.  And that pride, as well as all the distractions materialism brings, take people away from a relationship with God, and good relationships even with their own families.  Deep down, they wonder if they aren’t loved for what they can give and not for themselves.  Probably the happiest rich people are those who see their wealth as God’s wealth, entrusted to them for the purpose of bringing about good in the lives of people and honoring God with wealth’s use.  In other words, wealth has no worth till its used.  Whatever wealth we have or don’t have, every one of us has something to give.  Joy and closeness to God come when we honor Him by humbly giving as we sense He is directing us to do.

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