August 4, 2019: Riches
Text for Sunday, August 4, 2019:
PReparation for worship
“There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets things with a deep and fierce passion…The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one root let lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.” – A.W. Tozer
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” – Luke 12:32
Psalm 49 is a fairly honest appraisal of life, particularly lived outside of the love of God. The first 14 verses are pretty bleak. The Psalm writer is very direct about our pursuit of riches and the futility of that pursuit. In the end we all die, whether wise or not, whether rich or not.
As much as it may be hard for us to really believe, money might buy you a boat or a house or a great vacation, but it cannot ransom your soul. Only God in Jesus Christ can do that.
And he did.