The book of Proverbs is filled with vivid images that illustrate the foolishness of sin. This week’s passage warns all those who are “greedy for unjust gain” that they actually “set an ambush for their own lives.” Now that’s stupid. Who would set a deadly trap for themselves?
Apparently, we might. Paul told Timothy to sound a similar warning for the flock under his care.
“Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
1 Timothy 6:9–10
Greed may feel like a longing to get more and more life and happiness, but ultimately it will lead to death and ruin. It may take a while to get there, but God’s word promises that the end of greed’s path is always the same.
This Sunday Randy Gruendyke will be preaching Proverbs 1:8-19 and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And to prepare yourself, take some time to pray along the lines of Psalm 139:23-24 as it relates to greed.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
See if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
See you Sunday, Grace.
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