Rev 18:17 – “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.”
The rapid loss of the riches found in Satan’s kingdom, helps to illustrate the passing nature of the riches of this world.
Riches are fleeting…
Pro 23:4-5 – “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Therefore to love riches, and live our lives in their pursuit, leads to a worthless, wasted life…
1Ti 6:8-10 – In this text, we can see Paul giving young Timothy several different principles to live by in the area of worldly wealth:
- “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
As Christians, we are to understand the true value found in worldly possessions. Their value only lies in meeting our physical needs. Therefore, as long as we have enough to eat and clothe ourselves, we are to be content. To have more than this is simply a luxury, and not a true necessity of life.
- “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
An overabundance of the riches of the world can open us up to many temptations that we would not face otherwise. When we have an excess of money, it gives us access to many areas of sin that, otherwise, would be closed to us.
- “For the love of money is the root of all evil:”
The lustful love to possess the world’s riches can be the beginning factor in all the sins of man. This type of selfish love for overabundance, opens us up to willingness to commit ANY sin for the right price. To have a lustful love of the money is a form of covetousness and idolatry, making riches His god. Placing the receipt of wealth as the number one goal of our life, results in placing his faith and hope in it, thus hindering His faith in God.
- “which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
The results of this coveting of wealth results in being led away from the truths of God and living a Godly lifestyle, in doing so, they were only “stabbing ourselves”, bringing many heartaches (Godly judgment or Godly chastening) into our lives.
May we all receive God’s counsel with a humble spirit, being content with the necessities of life, putting Him first in all things, and allowing Him to bless us financially as He sees fit.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: