Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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RICHES - A SNARE

Although most people think they would be a lot happier if they had more money, the facts are all against such a hypothesis, as many winners of large fortunes have discovered. A while ago a national newspaper did a survey of such big winners, to see how they had made out in the intervening years, and found that in most cases, the sudden wealth had led to all kinds of unhappiness developing in their personal relationships, and some of them cursed the day they had their “windfall.” Had they read some of these proverbs they would have been prepared for the disappointment, to say the least, for the illusory nature of riches is often commented on, as for example: “Do not toil to acquire wealth; be wise enough to desist. when your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly it takes to itself wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven” (23:4-5).
                       
The fact is, that happiness depends upon something deeper than the acquisition of “things,” and cannot be bought with cash. “Better is a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it” (15:16-17).
                       
How many rich men would give their all to be able to enjoy a walk in the country, free from pain or illness?
How many “poor little rich girls” would gladly shed their glamorous lives to find real love and contentment which elude them at every turn, in spite of mink coats and diamonds!
                       
The wise man has seen it all before. In the lovely translation of Ronald Knox he declared: “Not gold or silver is so worth the winning as to be loved” (22:1). But such love cannot be bought. Well may the apostle, in the New Testament, counsel us to “keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for He has said, I will never fail you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:15).

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