Dangers That Accompany Affluence

November 15, 2012

 

Dangers That Accompany Affluence

            Many are the young people who dream of great things they will do when they get rich.  For them, affluence is the greatest attainment anyone could wish for in life.  Affluence can be a great advantage, but at the same time, it can be a curse.  Few are those who know how to make wise use of wealth.

Wealth without wisdom often leads to tragedy.  In Genesis 4:14-44 we read of how Joseph proceeded, almost from one day to the next, from being a prisoner to being the administrator of the wealth of the country.  He was wise in  prison as well as in the administration of wealth.

Many think that young people are at a great advantage if their parents are rich.  It could be to their advantage, but it can also contribute to their downfall. If children get what they want, just by asking for it, they don’t learn to appreciate it.  It’s theirs for the asking.  That leads to laziness.  They don’t learn to work, save, and look forward to having what they want.

Often wealthy parents go through heart breaks after sending their sons and daughters to college.  They choose for them a college of prestige and send them off equipped with a car, a luxuriant wardrobe, and the assurance that their tuition and board and room will be paid.  Unfortunately their children don’t always have the necessary self discipline to complete with their studies.  They waste their time with fun and games.  The day comes when those parents get a letter from the school saying their son or daughter has been dismissed because he or she wasn’t getting passing grades.

Having wealth puts the wickedness of the world within our reach.  He who has wealth has time and money at his disposal.  He is a welcome guest at the most elegant parties.  He might even be the host of them.  Liquor, sex and drugs are at his disposal.  Those with wealth need more self discipline to keep their selfish desires under control.

Affluence makes it easier to give into the sins mentioned in I John 2:16.  “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”  The lust of the flesh may also include the desire to dress eloquently.  The lust of the eyes includes the desire to have the material things this world offers.  All of this feeds our pride.  We can have what others can’t afford.  Instead of helping those in need with our money, we spend it on ourselves.           I John 3:17 tells us what God thinks of us.  “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Affluence puts us in danger of leaving God our of our lives.  As long as we can buy all we want and need, we don’t need to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).  We can be so busy spending money and enjoying what we have that we don’t have time for God.  We may think we can solve our problems with money without seeking God’s help.  No matter how much wealth you have, don’t forget that it was God who made it possible for you to have it.  Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.   But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

It’s extremely important that we have the proper attitude toward money.  To keep it in its proper perspective, it would do you good to read and heed the following verses from the Bible:  I Timothy 6:9-10, James 5:1-3, Proverbs 23:5, 30:8, Luke 12:15 and Hebrews 13:5.

 

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