Earlier this week, the largest lottery jackpot in history ($1.5 billion) was claimed in South Carolina. The anonymous winner chose the cash option of $877,784,124. A couple of days ago TV star Luke Perry died at age 52. Perry left a net worth of $10 million.
In 1925, the silent movie Money Isn’t Everything ran for the first time. A store clerk won the sweepstakes and married the beautiful secretary. The secretary then cheated on him with her old boss. Money can solve a lot of problems, but money is not everything.
Money can buy a fancy house, but it cannot buy a loving family to live in it. Dollars may buy a sports car, but it cannot buy real friendships.
Wealthy people have willingly given their fortunes away to better their health, but you ultimately cannot buy off death. The millionaire lottery winner will die someday, as will the penniless homeless.
What is the more important need in life? Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” King Solomon tells us wisdom trumps money any day.
Proverbs 1:7 tells us, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” God is the source of all wisdom. Sadly, there is a shortage of God-fearing people. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God… and it shall be given him.”
We all know that death will come. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Attend your church this Sunday and apply your heart to wisdom. That will get you further than a few extra dollars in the pocket.
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