"Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.
When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven." ESV
There may be no other object in the history of humanity that is more universally appealing than wealth. The poor want it; the rich want it. Men, women, children, adults, slave and free. Everyone wants wealth.
Aside from issues of greed and idolatry, this Proverb speaks to the most practical reason not to set our hearts on wealth: it is temporary. Two other passages in Scripture come to my mind:
Luke 12:15 - "And he said to them, 'Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"
2 Corinthians 4:18 - "as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
The two points are obvious: wealth is neither life-giving, nor eternal. Let's be careful; let's aim for satisfaction - let's seek satisfaction in what is life-giving, and in what is eternal.
Let's examine our lives: for what do we toil? Are we devoting ourselves to some "rat-race," or are we investing in eternal satisfaction?
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