Greed. It consumes the hearts of man. Commercialism promotes it and God loathes it. But, I think it is satan’s tool to keep our eyes on things of earth instead of what will be found in our heavenly home.
I work with underprivileged individuals. Often, a sense of entitlement surrounds them. If we are at an event and pens are at the table to take, they won’t just take one but will take two or three or even ten and I have even seen them all be swiped. If there is a dish of sweets out to help yourselves to, again, they won’t just take one but take two or three or a handful.
If I hand out chocolates after leading groups, I inevitably hear someone ask: “Can I have another.” Sometimes I concede, but most of the time, I respond that I don’t have enough for everyone else. Without skipping a beat the response will be: “But I’m the only one who asked.”
More. I have to have more.
Can I have another?
These words and unhealthy thinking need to stop before everything becomes an obsession and desire.
“Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more. I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day.” Psalm 4:6 MSG
God, in His infinite wisdom, revealed this long ago through Solomon the wisest man who ever lived yet he had a greed problem in my book and his heart was torn. Our lesson: don’t be double minded. Imagine his house. He took on 700 wives and 300 concubines. How could he even keep all that straight? Did he have in his heart: ‘Can I have another?’ I think so. He acquired more wealth than any other Israeli king. He had a palace built but before the wall of Jerusalem was erected or the temple built which should have been those things done first. Seems there may have been a me problem or his eyes green with greed. Yet in the end deep down he knew none of that could bring true happiness as his book of Ecclesiastes says: “Meaningless. Meaningless. Everything is meaningless.” There is so much we do and spend our time, talent, energies, and funds that truly are meaningless activities. Do what will last. Think about what you want to be remembered for (see two posts from this week that expound on this:
Live for more than what meets our earthly eye. Solomon’s equest to God was not for more things, but for wisdom to govern so he could have discernment as he administered justice. Commendable – yes! Greedy – I think not!
“Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” I Kings 3:9
Let that be our prayer. Let that be our goal. Let us reign with wisdom and diminish the greed that can flood and control our thoughts, minds, and heart.
Can I have another dose of wisdom, Lord?
When I walk in wisdom, I can…
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