We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Wealth with Wings Like Eagles

What Bible verse do you think of when you hear the phrase, “wings like eagles?”

Proverbs 23:4-5 come to mind for me:

“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.”

I can imagine that many wished they had learned this truth before the economy started to decline. If only more Christians would see that their future is not secure in investments, 401 K’s, or even in silver and gold, but in storing up treasures in heaven.

A couple of years again I spoke at a conference in one of the more affluent areas of our nation. Yet even in this wealthy community I saw fear and insecurity. I learned that one multimillionaire had lost millions of dollars and had only eight million remaining. Thinking he had no hope, he took his life. My heart goes out to his family, but can you see how his reality had become distorted? He viewed his money as his god, and when his god began to dwindle, so also did his hope. That is why the Scriptures teach us to “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy . . .” (1 Timothy 6:17).

It is certain that we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out–except for people. Let us invest our lives in our families, in endeavors that influence others to store up treasures in heaven.

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