Words from the Heart for Sunday October 1st, 2017
Those who trust in their riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
Proverbs 11:28 (NRSV)
Riches Will Wither
The real issue is not how much money we have in our bank account. Rather, the real issue is a matter of trust. There are very sad stories of those lives that had plenty but lost it all or lived a miserable life. The picture of a tree with withered leaves describes that life. However, there are also many who can tell that when they put their trust in the Lord and lived to please Him there was no fear of loss.
2017 saw two new members of Canada’s richest 100. Canadian Business puts this list together each year and the two newest members of this exclusive club are Jacques D’Amour in 44th place and Richard Fortin in 83rd. These two Quebec businessmen opened a single convenience store in 1980 Couche-Tard, which has become the Alimentation Couche-Tard Corporation, a world-wide convenience store chain with over 12,000 locations worldwide. In the rest of Canada you would know them better under the brands Mac’s, Becker’s, Circle K and Daisy Mart.
I’m sure you’ve heard the story about the rich man who packed up his gold bricks and managed to arrive at the pearly gates with them in a large container. One angel turned to another and said, “Look at all those paving stones this man has brought with him.” We laugh at this because we recognize how ludicrous it is to think that gold has any value in the kingdom of heaven. But so many in our world, and even those who are a part of the God’s family, put their hope and trust in their finances and physical resources. It’s interesting that King Solomon, who lived in splendor, noticed the futility of putting your hope in wealth and material goods. He wrote in Proverbs 11:28: “Those who trust in their riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.” True prosperity is found in living a righteous life and that is only possible as we yield our lives to Jesus Christ and His righteousness becomes ours. In what are you putting your hope for abundant life here and now and for eternal life? If it isn’t Jesus, it will prove futile.
These have been words from the heart.