5 by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and you heart has become proud in your wealth
Observation: Being wealthy seems so desirable and many people build their lives around increasing their wealth. But wealth has so many hidden snares. Wealth is like a mirage in the dessert. Who knows how much wealth it takes to make one wealthy. When we reach our goal, who knows but what we may need more. Wealth can be a stepping stone to pride. Wealth can make one the target of others who are jealous. People can lose their health looking for wealth. And when faith that should be placed in God is placed in wealth, one becomes extremely poor.
Application: I must see myself as a trustworthy servant administering any wealth that my Heavenly Father has placed in my care. Whether it is a small amount, or a large amount, it belongs to my Father and I must carefully invest it as He directs. The wealth He entrusts to me is to make me a blessing in His Kingdom.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, guard my heart from pride, selfishness, arrogance and anything else that may slip into my life because of possessions. May possessions and wealth be used for your glory and to benefit others. Amen
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