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If Riches Increase

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“If riches increase, set not your heart on them.” (Psalm 62:10)

This is a challenging word for us American, suburban evangelicals. More often, my hidden assumption is: If riches increase, make sure your comforts and desires are more deeply satisfied. If riches increase, make sure you get more of what you want, and just tell yourself that you are not setting your heart on your riches. Say that you are not trusting in riches, but that God is not against us ‘having nice things.’ Convince yourself that, in your heart, you have not made money your idol, even while you spend it on your desires.

We would do better to listen to St. James: “Your riches have rotted . . . Your gold and silver have corroded . . . You have laid up treasure in the last days . . . You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence.” (James 5:2-5). Or the Psalmist: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”

This is the great antidote to trusting in riches, waiting in silence for God, calling upon Him “for He alone is my Rock and my Salvation.” Show us, O God, how to trust you and not set our heart on riches. If they increase, help us to trust you with them, to the glory of your name.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 9, 2017 at 4:10 am

Posted in Duenes, Psalms

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