Daily Wisdom 14

“So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; Which taketh away the life of the owners thereof” (Proverbs 1:19).

There is nothing inherently evil about money. But there is something desperately wrong with greed. The person who is motivated by greed will find that it exacts its pound of flesh. Greed’s currency is the life of the person who practices it.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches (Proverbs 13:7).

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: But he that gathereth by labour shall increase (Proverbs 13:11).

Labour not to be rich: Cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away as an eagle toward heaven (Proverbs 23:4-5).

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (I Timothy 6:7-10).