Money is something we need to survive but it can easily become a snare when our perspective on money and our desire for it becomes skewed.
Since you trust in your deeds and riches,
you too will be taken captive,
Money becomes a problem when we put our trust in it rather than in the Lord. This verse is talking about a physical captivity, but putting our trust in our riches can lead to a spiritual captivity. We can find ourselves captive to acquiring more and more riches. Captive is defined as held in bondage or enslaved. Are you enslaved to acquiring more and more money? Do you feel like you are held in bondage to making more and more money?
Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Placing our trust in money will lead to a fall. It will be difficult for us to stand firm in our faith and thrive in our lives if we replace trusting the Lord with trusting in our bank accounts. Only the Lord can give us what we need to thrive. He created us and knows our relationship with Him is what will help us to live into His plans.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
Do you find yourself worn out trying to make enough money to live a particular lifestyle? Are you working so hard to get a promotion or get raise that you don’t have time for your family or for God? Everything we acquire here on earth remains here. It is temporary and we can’t take it with us. We need to be more focused on our relationship with the Lord and our relationship with others than we are on making more money.
The greedy bring ruin to their households,
Money is one of the things people fight and argue about the most. Do you find yourself arguing about money or finance? When we put to much focus on money, we find ourselves bringing ruin to households and our relationships. How many families fall apart when someone dies and there is a battle over an estate? How many relationships are destroyed over money?
We do need money to survive, but our perspective on it needs to be grounded. Look at how much time you spend acquiring money and what impact money has on your relationships. Do you have broken relationships because of arguments over money or do you have strained relationships because you are to busy making money to spend time with the people you love? Ask the Lord to help you get a right perspective on money and put your trust in Him rather than your bank account.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com