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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

True Riches

Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith?
JAMES 2:5
27th September
September
Matthew Henry
Worldlings make gold their god; saints make God their gold.
 
There are poor rich people and rich poor people. The rich fool in Christ's parable (Luke 12:16-21), the rich young ruler (18:18-25), and the rich man who fared sumptuously every day while the godly Lazarus lay starving at his gate (16:19-31) are all examples of poor rich people. They did not perish because they made a lot of money. They perished because money was the only wealth they had; they were not rich toward God.

There are many just like them in the world today. The pursuit of material wealth consumes them. To obtain it they sacrifice time with their families, they sacrifice their marriages, and they neglect their souls. Then they hear the awful summons from God: Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee (Luke 12:20). To their eternal horror they discover that riches profit not in the day of wrath (Prov. 11:4).

In contrast, there are people who are poor as far as worldly possessions go but are truly rich, for they are rich toward God (Luke 12:21). By faith in Christ they are heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him (James 2:5). Here is true wealth. It does not fluctuate with the stock exchange. It does not disappear at death. It does not impoverish our spirits to pursue it. This wealth is called the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8). To know God's love and God's pardon; to have peace of heart because we have peace with God; to have joy in life, certainty in death, and heaven in eternity, this is to be truly rich. Let us make sure we have this treasure whatever the earthly cost.