Google+ 03/05/14 You Can't Take It With You!

Proverbs 13:9-11


The life of the godly is full of light and joy,
    But the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Pride leads to conflict;
    Those who take advice are wise.

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
    wealth from hard work grows over time.


The wisdom of Solomon is exemplified in today's Scripture.  Our society has become a "I want it now" nation.  We simply don't want to wait for anything.  Baked potatoes are much better in a conventional oven.  They take 1-1 1/2 hours to bake.  We can do them in the microwave in about 10 minutes.  Living for Jesus will give us our daily bread.  It will make us "rich" in Him.  The problem is that we will give our state lotteries, powerball games, and slot machines money before we give a gift to God.  Living in Florida, I get to see it every day.  We actually have a ship that sails daily from a local port far enough offshore that everyone can gamble for the day.  Is it free?  Of course not!!!  Our Scripture tells us that a Godly life is full of light and joy.  The converse is also true.  If we participate in wicked actions, that same light will be snuffed out.  Pride is one of those tools of the devil.  We must enable other Christians to use their gifts for God and be delighted when they succeed, not envious.  People often ask me about "infomercials" and "get-rich-quick" schemes.  Solomon tells us all we need to know about those in our Scripture today.  If any wealth is accumulated from these activities, it will quickly disappear.  We must understand that we simply did not earn it.  "Wealth" from hard work always grows and never dies.  There are many kinds of wealth, so don't get caught up in the "money only" notion.  Don't be prideful.  Be Godly and full of joy and light.  Avoid the "wicked" pitfalls that we encounter in this world everyday.  The only kind of wealth we should desire is the one that grows in us for God when we are faithful.  Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven.  That is where the real riches reside.  The old poet was right about earthly wealth.  "You Can't Take It With You!"