“Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.” (Proverbs 15:27 NLT)
Fourteen members of the world soccer organization arrested this week… One of America’s favorite businesswomen spent a year in prison… A man kills his wife after being threatened with divorce and alimony… The first murder in the Bible… Judas Iscariot… All these examples have one thing in common… Greed.
Greed destroys… Not just one person, but sometimes an entire family. Many instances in the Old Testament describe an entire family burned, beaten, and stoned because of greed. Greed is a tricky sin. It is many times mistaken for “goal oriented” or “driven” or “successful”. However, when a light is shined on the idol of money, what is uncovered is greed.
A little girl cheats on a test. Why? Greed. A little boy steals from a store. Why? Greed. Several years ago, the world watched in horror as an Olympic skater was brutally injured before her competition. Tonya Harding, a competitor, was accused of being the mastermind behind the attack. Why would she do this? Greed.
Greed causes each and everyone of us to go further than we could ever imagine. Adultery, taking bribes, check fraud, running up credit cards. All these things can be the result of greed. There is a healing antidote to greed and that is contentment. Being content with the things God give us is the greatest remedy to greed.
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philipians 4:12-13
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5