Powered by 4 - March 14, 2018

Foolish Toil

Today's reading: Proverbs 23:4-5

"Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven" (Proverbs 23:4-5).

There was a season in my life where my primary goal was to acquire wealth. It was a foolish season where I chose to focus on and diligently work toward getting more money and things instead of doing what I knew was right--focusing on God and devoting my time and energy to following His ways. As I look back, I can now clearly see how my toiling (working/laboring) was in vain. What's described in Proverbs 23:5 (sprouting wings, flying away) is absolutely accurate and true. No matter how much I was able to acquire, it was never enough. I was never satisfied, which continued to drive me down a path to more and more purposeless toiling.

Have you ever toiled to acquire wealth? If so, how did your toiling make you feel? How did it impact your spiritual walk and relationship with God? What helps you resist the temptation to toil after money? In a world that is obsessed with wealth, how do you maintain a healthy perspective on having money and material possessions? Tami

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