The Love of Money

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The Love of Money

The word of God says that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth. The word also says that riches and wealth is a gift from God. Our quest and our desire to have riches it would seem are in keeping with God’s desire for our lives. But the word also says the love of money is the root of all evil. 

1Timothy 6:10 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.

King Solomon wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes that money was the answer to all things. Solomon the third king of Israel was the son of King David and Bathsheba. Jewish history has it that Solomon was 12 years old when he assumed the throne of Israel, that he ruled for 40 prosperous years and died at the age of 52. To me the pinnacle in the life of Solomon was that God gave him an opportunity to make a request and instead of wealth and riches Solomon asked that God give him wisdom. God not only made him the wisest man alive but he also became the richest.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Sadly, Solomon is known as the man of sunsets and shadows because at the time of his death he had lost favor with God. He had allowed his riches which included about 1000 wives to become a distraction to him and to come between him and his first love, God

There is nothing wrong with having things, the word of God says take your portion. There is nothing wrong with having money even lots of money because God wants you to prosper. However, you can’t fall in love with the money.  If you fall in love with your money it will become a beguilement and eventually it will betray you. Even worse it will come between you and God.

 

By Rev. Olivia T. Hines

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