We live in a society with perverse values. Hollywood harlots are glamorized; godly women are trivialized. Athletes are paid exorbitant salaries; military families often qualify for welfare benefits. Evil is called good, and good is called evil.
For many, it seems, there is nothing of greater value or importance than the accumulation of earthly treasures. Wise people know better and live accordingly. Like Solomon, they know: “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her” (Proverbs 3:13-15).
Don’t believe the lie. The rich man who died spiritually bankrupt was a fool (Luke 12:20). When the rich man who had no treasures in heaven died he became an abject beggar whose request for just a drop of water was refused (Luke 16:22-24). Living wisely in this life is better than prosperity.
“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).