Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me. -Proverbs 30:7, 8 (KJV)
Perhaps you were like me and wondered what it might be like to suddenly acquire 380 million dollars. According to the news this week, two lottery winners shared that amount making these winners instant millionaires. But are they truly winners? If they are like countless other lottery winners their troubles are just beginning. The modern term for this phenomenon is known as the “curse of the lottery,” or the “Powerball curse.” A staggering number of lottery winners have found themselves broke and / or bankrupt within a few years of winning their fortunes. Few people have the maturity, will power, or self-discipline to properly manage such a large and sudden fortune. They make the mistake of believing that the money is a bottomless pit of riches.
Do you recall what Jesus said about money? The Lord said in Matthew 6:24 that you cannot serve two masters, for you will either love the one or hate the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Also, I Timothy 6:10 says that the love of money is the root of all evil. That is very black and white. If we love money and value it more than we do our relationship with Christ, it will become a curse to us, as countless people have found out.
The Word of God provides us with a perfect attitude toward wealth, and it is that God provide for us and give us just the right balance of what we need. Vanity means falsehood, and the prayer is that God remove and then keep from us anything false. This would include any notions we might have about our ability to cope with life on our own strength. When Jesus is first in our lives, we line up everything, even the wealth we might acquire, in its proper perspective.
Look to Jesus and know that in Him there are spiritual blessings waiting in abundance.