Do you realize that you are wealthy? In fact, if you can afford the computer you are reading this on, then—at least by the world’s standards — you are rich. And even beyond that definition, many of you may well be wealthy even when compared with your own neighbors. But there is a great hazard that often occurs when we realize that we are wealthy. That hazard comes from the feeling of pride it may produce. We build up our egos and begin to think we’re a little smarter or a little better than others. We may even believe we’re entitled to this wealth because of the wonderful people we are.
God’s Word warns us, “Don’t be conceited. Don’t be arrogant just because God may have blessed you with wealth and you have more.” And certainly don’t make the mistake of fixing your hope on the uncertainty of riches. Remember the 1990s? Think about all the extraordinary wealth that was generated by dot com companies that soon became “dot bomb” companies. Some of those who were mega-millionaires in 1997 have very little today. Many whose home values had soared in 2006 saw them sink in 2008, 2009, 2010, and even now, in 2011.
God’s Word reminds us over and over that wealth can come and go. There’s no certainty in that. Fix your focus on God, not the temporary riches we may have during our brief time on earth.