Let Love Lead

Wealth includes a good relationship with God and your family; money is a distance third

Let Love Lead
… In Our Money – Part VII

Scripture Reading: Psalms 37:1-17

Key Verses: Psalms 37:16-17
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

We do not know much about what “wealth” looked like during the time that the Psalmist David wrote today’s Key Verse. However, the principles that we are studying in in these verses hold true in any generation.

In any culture, a wealthy person can easily make their wealth more important than anything else in their life. When our world defines the “good life” by the wealth a person has, then even a poor person can wreck their life trying to achieve it.

How do you define the “good life”? In the end, as we stand before God, the only thing that really matters is how each person has defined their good life in this world.

My “good life” starts with my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. My one thought, each day, is how to stay passionate and pure in my walk with God. My good life also includes relationships with my family. I thank God that I love them, they love me, and we have a good relationships. There are many other blessings that help make up what I call a good life, but if I lost all but kept the first two relationships with God and family, I would still feel I have a good life.

What are your top one or two critical elements that make up a “good life”? It could be that your top critical elements are different from mine. If that is the case, God cares for you and hears your prayers to bring about good relationships with Him and family.

Write down your definition of a good life and see if it matches up with the biblical values that Jesus taught. Remember, worldly values will pass away. What will be on your list when that happens?

Do not let the last phrase of our Key Verse for today to ever slip your mind: “… but the Lord upholds the righteous”.

When the Bible calls God’s people “righteous”, we may wonder if we qualify… most of us don’t think of ourselves as “righteous”. But the truth is, from God’s perspective, once we have asked Jesus into our lives, God sees nothing but purity and righteousness in us.

If we sin, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father advocating for us. Read what the Bible says about us who have received Jesus:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Yes, Christ-follower, you are the righteousness of God, and He will uphold you! This is the “wealth” for you to enjoy; let this be your joy in the Lord no matter how much money you have or don’t have!

Father, I need Your help in keeping Your priorities in my life, particularly when it comes to money. I praise You for the spiritual wealth You have given me in Christ Jesus. It is in Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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