Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.” vs. 10 

Psalm 62:9-12

People have been trying to figure out how to get rich for a long time. Even in the days of the psalmist people were willing to try extortion and robbery to pad their retirement funds. As time has passed those attempts have become ever more sophisticated and many are even touted as being completely legal. Scams are directed at vulnerable people and thousands of people are being fooled; many are losing thousands of dollars. And even so-called respectable companies are using questionable, yet “legal” methods to get people to sign up for streaming services, pay ever increasing monthly fees, and risk their savings in risky investment plans. We live in a world rampant with greed and fraud! The psalmist doesn’t present a solution to that but he does have two words of advice for us: First, obviously enough, so far as we are able, don’t participate in the extortion or the robbery. Don’t get involved in shady schemes. And second, if by chance we end up with more money than we ever dreamed possible in the course of our lives, something that does happen, don’t imagine that your wealth will give you the serenity and peace you crave. In fact, we are much more likely to gain satisfaction from giving our riches away than we are in adding to them. Followers of Jesus know what the psalmist means. They store up money in heaven!

Thought for the Day: How does it feel when I’m scammed?


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