The Cost of Self-indulgence

Greed did not begin with our generation. One Old Testament king failed miserably because he was over committed to the profit motive. King Saul had been instructed by God to destroy all of the people and the livestock of the Amalekites. Instead of doing as commanded by God, he disobeyed by saving King Agag and the best sheep and oxen. His excuse was that he wanted to sacrifice the sheep and oxen to God. Of course this was nothing more than a flimsy excuse. It didn’t fool God one bit. God rebuked him by saying in I Samuel 15:22, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” (NIV)

Money, and the desire for it, can become an obsession. When it does, nothing can satisfy. Peace of mind is gone, the wonder of a new day is gone and a person’s life turns into nothing more than a search for material gain. Some of the most miserable people in the world are those who seem to have everything. Money can buy a bed, but not rest. It can purchase food, but not fulfilled satisfaction. It can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy stocks, yet not security. Money is a tool, not a treasure.

Take a look at the hundreds of prominent people who have committed suicide over the past century. They seemed to enjoy everything. They had everything except a clean heart and a clear conscience.

Your thoughts on this subject? Your comments appreciated!

Content © Rich Brott, 2011

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OK, I don’t have a burning desire to be “wealthy,” but I would like to escape the pressure and stress of not being able to meet my needs and pay my bills. All our income comes from our business, and it is struggling, so I don’t see how increasing our income or reducing our expenses (we already have) is going to solve the problem.