Greed and Contentment

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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalm 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

Daily Verse: “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.” Prov. 15:27

Greed and contentment.

Get rich quick schemes never work. Taking bribes, money not earned, can skew our perspective. Judas fell to the plans of the chief priest by accepting 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. When Judas realized the error of his ways, he tried to return the money, but the Jewish leaders didn’t care.

“So Judas threw the money into the Temple. Then he went out from there and hanged himself.” Matt. 27:5

The Jewish leaders called the 30 pieces of silver blood money unworthy of the temple treasury, using it to buy the Potter’s Field, a burial place for paupers and strangers.

Judas didn’t find contentment with Jesus; the disciple’s greed consumed and ruined him. Tithing breaks money’s hold on our lives; giving God our first fruits breeds contentment and keeps the Lord top priority in our finances.

Don’t let greed and the promise of easy money interfere with your relationship with God. Practice Biblical finances and enjoy divine contentment.

Lord, forgive us for having moments of greed.  Help us develop contentment as we apply Your principles to our finances.  Thank You for providing for us in ways we never imagined.  Let us manage well the blessings You give.  IJNIP. Amen

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