Sterling Principle # 7
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.
Why do people want riches? To buy more and better things or for the prestige or power that comes with riches? With riches you never reach the point of “enough.” There is no satisfaction is what you have but always the desire for more. It is like a cancer seeking to overtake a person’s body. Left unchecked it destroys life. The seeking after riches also destroys life in so many ways.
Seeking riches is a result of not being content with what we have. What we have today is what we sought after yesterday. We thought it would make us happy but satisfying that one want made room for another one. Remember as a child begging your parents for some special item often saying if you could just have that you would never ask for another thing? Yeah right! Parents who indulge their kids every desire is starting them off on the wrong foot.
The antidote to trying to get rich is to restrain ourselves. We won’t be happy and content with what more money will buy. It will serve as fuel to cause the flame of desire for more to burn brightly. The reason we want more is because we continually squander what we have in trying to buy happiness. There is no saturation point with money. Solomon, the riches man on earth in his time, understood this and warns us to avoid the endless reach for riches.
God’s Question: Are you seeking riches or contentment?
God’s Promise: Rest in Me and I will provide for you.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your amazing provision for our needs.
I am sorry for my constant quest for more stuff.
Thank You for helping me restrain myself.
Help me so live as to be an example of contentment.