Posted by: everynation | August 17, 2009

The Folly of Wealth

wsmleaderscircle.jpgby Steve Murrell

A few days ago I posted a blog about 10 rich people, and another blog about 2 rich people who suffered tragic deaths. While reading Psalm 49 this morning, I kept bumping into verses that put wealth into its proper perspective – which is an eternal perspective. Here are my quick notes…

Context of Psalm 49:
Verse 6  “those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches”

7 truths about wealth and wealthy people:

1. Salvation is not for sale, no matter how rich you are
Psalm 49:7-9 when it comes to redeeming a life, “no payment is ever enough”

2. Wealth is temporary
Psalm 49:10 everyone eventually dies “leaving their wealth to others”

3. All rich people die
Psalm 49:12 “Human beings, despite their wealth, do not endure”

4. We should not be impressed with or intimidated by wealth
Psalm 49:16 “do not be overawed when others grow rich…”

5. No U-halls behind a hearse
Psalm 49:17 “they will take nothing with them when they die”

6. People pander to the rich
Psalm 49:18 “people praise you when you prosper”

7. Some people have money but live and die like animals
Psalm 49:20 “Human beings who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish”

Jesus warned that the “deceitfulness of riches” can “choke the word” in our lives. (Matt 13:22) Have you ever been deceived by riches and wealth?

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”

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