Life and Possessions

Sam Petitfils

 “Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?”  Psalm 49:5-6

Psalm 49 serves as a beautiful reminder of the brevity of life and folly of placing trust in riches.  The writer reasons like this:

We all will die (verse 10).

We cannot carry our possessions with us (verses 10, 17).

Worldly honor disappears at death (verse 17).

The Godly need never fear when times are tough (verse 5).

These truths are not hard to understand and most of us would agree with them at face value.  But do we follow them?  The vast majority of people suppose that more money will solve most of their problems.  “Give me more money, more comfort, more security, and I will be happy.”  But remember God is our security, and He has promised to supply all our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).  Our task in this life is to serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  His job is to take care of our needs.

So, how should I view possessions?

1. Any possessions we currently have are leased from God, they do not belong to us.

2. God does provide us with things, even material things, to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17), but we should know they come from God and could be taken by Him.

3. Give freely to help meet needs (Ephesians 4:28).

4. Do not compare yourselves with others, but rather love them in the Lord.  Remember, love “does not envy” (1 Corinthians 13:4).

5. If possessions increase, do not set your heart on them.

Finally, let us be thankful for all the blessings God has generously bestowed upon us, and bless His name for supplying all our needs.  However, when we have a genuine material needs, do not hesitate to bring that before the Lord and be content with His answer.

I Got a Mansion Over the Hilltop

I'm satisfied with just a cottage below
A little silver and a little gold
But in that city where the ransomed will shine
I want a gold one that's silver lined

I've got a mansion just over the hilltop
In that bright land where we'll never grow old
And some day yonder we will never more wander
But walk on streets that are purest gold

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