Praise that Lord for all the blessings He bestowed on us this morning. For waking us up my brothers and sisters to see the morning rising sun. Let us look and see the fullness of God before our very eyes brethren.
Turn with me to the Book of Proverbs 18:11-12 for our scripture reading and I pray that the Lord will anoint us with His word for this hour.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Verse 11 – In ancient times, those who lived within the strong walls of a fortified city were secure from enemies. Archaeology reveals that some walls were wide enough that two lanes of cars could drive upon them! In the rich man’s conceit, he believes his wealth surrounds him with as much security as the huge walls of an ancient city. He tends to think money will save him from any threatening circumstances. He does not look to God for anything. Wealth, however, can easily slip away through bad business deals and stock market failures. Inclement weather and fires can destroy businesses and homes. Insurance may cover some losses, but often the rich cannot recuperate. Many a wealthy man has seen the “high protecting walls” of his strong city tumble down. In his pride, he attributed his success to his own abilities, intelligence, and hard work. Personal commitment and hard work do bring rewards, but when one leaves God out of the picture, one is headed for a great fall.
Verse 12 – Haughtiness leads to destruction. Many fail to recognize that if it were not for God’s grace and mercy, they could not have achieved anything. Men and women who trust in material possessions instead of God will be in great misery one day if they should lose them.
Money cannot buy health. Yet, many take good health for granted and never thank God for their blessing of freedom from sickness. They also fail to realize that good mental health is a blessing too. When we are able to walk free of depression and lie down at night and enjoy a peaceable night’s sleep, this is a blessing from God. Rich people without God are some of the most miserable people on the planet. Prove me wrong and start a job as a healthcare worker, then talk to me after six months. You will stick with the abuse because you might be paid well. They will eventually love you because you put God first in all your efforts. If you are not careful and without God you can have mental issues because you have a need to feed your family. Do you need all that stress when you can place the job in the hands of God and see His promise fulfilled. “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days” (James 5:1-3).
Men who take pride in their possessions and accomplishments will find that “pride goeth before a fall.” Honour, however, will be bestowed upon the humble; those who acknowledge God in all their ways, and recognize that all that they have and are (all of their abilities and successes) come from Him. “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me that true wealth is found in You. Lord, truly, Christ is all that we need. Having a relationship with You will bring the answer to any problem I may face. I can trust You to supply all my needs because You promised to take care of me. There is such freedom in this knowledge. I know that every day my needs shall be met in You. Lord, help all my friends and family to rest in Your promises too. Strengthen us to trust You daily. I know when I am weak, You are strong. May we all look to You for our answers. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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