INTRODUCTIONGaining wealth (or riches) has allowed some people to increase their levels of comfort far beyond those who are financially disadvantaged. In one parable, the Lord spoke of a rich man whose ground brought forth plentifully (Luke 12:16). The rich man unfortunately came to trust in his abundance and decided to take his ease (Luke 12:19), but that night he died (Luke 12:20). Riches are not for ever (Proverbs 27:24) even if it is not death that robs a man of his riches. The Bible says for the living, riches “certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:5). Furthermore, we are told that those who trust in riches will fall (Proverbs 11:28). Perhaps this is why Paul told Timothy to instruct the rich to trust in the living God rather than their uncertain riches (1 Timothy 6:17).
- (For children): Job knew better than to trust in riches (Job 31:24-25, 28). Unlike eternity, riches are not forever. Consider how the Bible describes the end of those who trust in riches (Psalm 49:6-7; Psalm 52:5, 7; Psalm 73:12, 16-17; Proverbs 11:4).
- (For everyone): What are some ways in which riches can “certainly make themselves wings”? Why is it dangerous for you to come to trust in your riches?
- How certain is your job? How certain is the stock market? How certain is the financial stability in any country? How quickly could you lose all that you have?
- Ask God to show you the uncertainty of riches.
- Ask the Lord to guard you from misplaced faith.