When a rather selfish TV character was reminded that money doesn’t buy happiness, she quickly replied, “Oh, of course it does. That’s just something we tell poor people to keep them from rioting.” Now, I know that was supposed to be a joke, but the truth is, not only does money not buy happiness, the desire to be rich can add many complications to your life.
The Bible makes it clear that the desire to be rich brings many new temptations into your life. What are some of those temptations? Well, it can be the temptation to lie or to steal. It can be the temptation to use and even run over other people to have more wealth. It can be the temptation to defraud other people to have more wealth. This focus to have more and more money can cause one temptation after another and the next thing you know, we can find ourselves doing things we never thought we’d do. We can make life a mess. When wealth becomes our priority, we are not willing to acknowledge that all we think we own is God’s and that victory with money—be it a little or a lot—is using His money in a way that pleases Him.
Wealth earned honestly can be a blessing. It can do a lot of good. But the desire to be rich so we can spend it or hoard it for ourselves, can cause us to give into all sorts of unhealthy temptations.