Book: Proverbs 28
“Greed causes fighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.”
I watched my grandparents, as I was growing up, live out their faith. Although they did not have a lot of money, they were very rich in other ways. They didn’t lack money nor did they chase after financial wealth. They were content with the resources God was providing them with and trusted Him for the provision of the future. Their daily time with the Lord, praying and studying the Bible, kept them growing in their relationship with God. They prospered in their relationship with friends and family as they looked out for them. They were always ready to help others out. What an example they were of not being greedy but instead being givers.
The choice every person has to make is whether they are going to live for themselves, therefore be greedy, or are they going to live for the Lord and therefore be generous with others. Notice in this proverb that one leads to prosperity and one leads to fighting.
A person who is trying to get as much as they can for themselves, does not care about the implication this has on other people. Two greedy people going after the same thing will result in a fight. One will win and the other will lose but both will be bruised. The crazy thing is that if they both worked together and could step away from being greedy, they would probably both gain more than the two of them separately.
More and more, Christian organizations are learning that they can accomplish much more if they work together through partnerships rather than both trying to do the same thing. This is true with businesses that choose to work in harmony with another business and create win/win agreements. Both prosper greatly.
Take a moment and consider how this proverb fits into your life. Are you trying to get as much for yourself or are you trusting the Lord? What do you struggle to gain at the expense of others? Turn this area over to the Lord and tell Him you want to trust Him in that area.