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Though Your Riches Increase, Do Not Set Your Heart on Them
Rev Gordon Siu
"Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them."
Hong Kong is in a frenzy of property speculation. Some believers who own properties may be amazed how, in the course of a few months, their assets have jumped one or two million dollars in value. Others who have just sold their properties or failed to buy before the boom may be greatly dismayed and regretful about the unexpected loss of a wide cost margin. In all the amazement and anguish, we are agitated, contemplating our next move: to sell, or not to sell? Change properties, or join the speculation?
We can certainly be grateful to God as our wealth grows. Nevertheless, the Scripture reminder rings loud and clear: "Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them"(Psalm 62:10). Why? Why should we not be unduly satisfied with greater wealth? It is because wealth is "so uncertain" (1 Timothy 6:17). Riches can grow or dwindle in seconds. Money cannot buy a moment of life. Its helplessness is evident in death (Psalm 49:6-9). Nor can money buy true love: "If one were to give all the wealth of one's house for love, it would be utterly scorned" (Song of Songs 8:7). Therefore, those who belong to God do not set their hearts on the increase or decrease in wealth. The Psalmist says, "Truly my soul finds rest in God…." "Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken" (Psalm 62:1, 6). Whatever happens, the Psalmist relies on God alone and does not allow the growth or dwindling of riches to affect his focus on Him.
A press commentary has opined that property speculation does not benefit society. Quick earners do not contribute towards the community. On the contrary, many people who toil to build up our industrial and commercial foundation do not get a fair cash return. This unfair social phenomenon deserves government attention.
In the eyes of God, those who get rich quickly are not the blessed ones. The Book of Proverbs, with plenty of words of wisdom, tells us: "A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." "Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow." (Proverbs 28:20, 13:11) When the mind is set on quick money, man will not be careful spending what he has easily earned. All sorts of problems will arise from his spendthrift ways, and he will be "pierced with many griefs." The children of God understand this. So although the wicked ones are always free of care and go on amassing wealth, God's children can still consider it "good to be near God" (Psalm 73:12, 28).
May we in these times know we should seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and every day cherish the richness of God that does not pass away.
[The original article is excerpted from Rev. Siu's book's《真正富足》(Truly Rich), published by China Alliance Press]