Thursday, February 01, 2007

Money Gained By Wickedness

"Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death." (Prov. 10: 2).

Wealth or treasures are of no benefit to wicked people. Judas, for example, was one example who gained money through wickedness. He stole money from the coffers of Christ. And what happened to him? He hanged himself. Judas did not benefit from the stolen money. It only led to death and self-destruction. "Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors" (Prov. 1: 19). One of the great deceptions of wealth is a false sense of security. This false sense of security partly explains why some people today will sell their bodies, their honor or reputation, and even their soul to gain worldly wealth. There will come a time when we have to account for our lives before God. On that day, our money will be utterly useless. A person whose hope is in riches is headed for a fall (Prov. 11:28). We therefore do not need to worry when we see people gain wealth by doing evil. God will not bless it or the possessor. Fret not thyself because of the wicked. Be not envious of wrongdoers. For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. God will judge and punish those who gained treasures from wickedness.

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold." (Proverbs 22: 1).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clear. Helpful. Yes, blood money. Tainted money. Leads to death and destruction. Thanks for this enlightened reflection.