“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.”
To chase means to “pursue in order to catch” or catch up with. Unfortunately, many people chase their tail, looking busy and yet going nowhere ….
Most of us can relate to chasing after something or someone. It could be buses or taxis, toddlers or basketballs, riches or fame. Regardless of what or whom we are chasing, the goal is the same: to catch up! If we put the time and energy into chasing something, at least we would like to accomplish our goal. Yet, many of us have been chasing money most of our lives, and we are never satisfied ….
When we chase after money, we may lose perspective of what is really important in our lives. We make enough money to buy a large house for our family, and yet not spend much time in it with them because we must constantly work to maintain it ….. We make enough money to buy expensive electronics, but lose time worrying about protecting and maintaining these items .. . We make enough money to go off on luxurious vacations, yet we struggle with adjusting to our return to the humdrum of daily life ….
Certainly money can answer many wants and needs in our lives. However, it can’t ultimately fulfill us because if we love money, we will never attain enough of it to truly satisfy. One of the greatest tragedies of any living person is to chase after money and not their purpose for being alive. To live a long life gaining wealth without a sense of attained purpose and destiny is meaningless and ultimately it all is in vain.
If believers chase money like those in the world, then we’ve lost touch with our purpose. We can’t take the money with us to heaven, however, if we find and fulfill our purpose for living on this earth, we will enjoy an eternity of real treasures in heaven ….
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).
We are taught by God’s Word to be good and wise stewards of our earthly wealth. Money isn’t evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil in this world. If we will place God first and trust Him to provide for all of our needs, including money, we will not lack for anything for His grace is sufficient ….
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” (Psalms 34:10)
Let us pray ~
Dear Lord and heavenly Father, I do thank You for the way that You have supplied for all my needs throughout my life, according to Your promises. Thank You for the generous provision I have received from You on so many occasions, when no help was forthcoming.
I come to You today asking You to undertake for the financial needs I am facing today. I know that there are many people who are in a similar position to me who are facing increasing costs in their lives too, and I pray that You look down in pity on all Your children in need. It says in the Bible that we do not have because we do not ask, therefore, I am humbly asking Father that You visit the lives of every child of God that is facing a shortage of money or some financial hardship and ask that You would be our great Provider – as You have promised, and help me to find and fulfill my purpose in You more than the pursuit of earthly wealth. This I pray in Jesus, precious name, Amen …