July 31, 1994

Sitting on the Balance

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Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. PSALM 62:9

Some people are born to money. Others are born to poverty. Some think they are born to poverty; then they see a glimpse of a Third World country and find that they are rich. Some live in the filth of forgotten dirt streets but think themselves better off than the ones around the corner curled up in the ditch.
Some start life with nothing and end it with great wealth. Others begin with a huge inheritance and squander it, dying penniless and alone. Some work hard and honestly to get their material wealth. Others obtain it through devious means: lying, stealing, and cheating.
But regardless of how their wealth is obtained and how much is left when they die, all of them have one thing in common: They are nothing; together they are only a breath.
Therefore, “do not set your heart on” such possessions, whether you have them and love them or lack them and covet them (Psalm 62:10). Instead, shout to the Lord the song of the psalmist: “My salvation and my honor depend on God” (v. 7). This is the only way you will be able to maintain a godly perspective on wealth, no matter the size of your bank account or stock portfolio.

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