Our societies are full of wealthy men who are proud about their riches so the word “respect” and ” humility” is foreign to them in life.
Today’s biblical lesson will help us learn and understan about how some wealthy men will end up in destruction.There are many rich men living life without thinking of the welfare or the happiness of others.The saddest thing is those who claim to be Christians and disrespect people because of their wealth. Their wealth has blindfolded them with arrogance and selfishness.They know nothing about respect,courtesy and good manners .The bible has a lot to teach us today, and this very lesson is from psalms 49:6-20.The verse 6 begin by saying; “They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches”.Any rich man who trust in his wealth has already dug his grave because that wealth can’t save him from God’s destruction.If you live a wealthy life it doesn’t mean you are wiser than anyone.The verse 10 says:
“Surely one sees that even wise people die; fools and spiritual insensitive people all pass away and leave their wealth to others”.
The rich man’s wealth can’t save his life from death;surely he will die and leave everything behind. After death, judgement. Why would anyone even boast of his wealth?. Today, money has made the rich men rule over the poor and the wise, money has made children turn into adults and because of money,people justify lies as truth.The power of money or wealth has really made life unfair to the righteous.Sometimes the rich exploits the poor through their social status and wealth. At long last the poor will rule over all rich men who lived lavishly by suppressing the poor.The verse 14 says; “….shoel well consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses”. In verse 11, it says; their grave becomes their permanent residence,their eternal dwelling place.They name their lands after themselves.12,but,despite their wealth,people do not last,they are like animals that perish.Now,let me ask,how many years does the average man even lives?, not more than 70 years.Even if you spend a century on earth with your riches without giving respect to your fellow human,remember that you are not immortal.The bible is full of truths and so we have to take it very serious,if you are a rich man bear in mind that one day you will leave behind all the wealth you have accumulated for yourself.If you disrespect everyone because of your luxury cars,mansions,girlfriends, boyfriends or fame,remember that one day death will lay its icy hand on you and humble you like a baby.
The bible advises that you should never be afraid of the rich man,though you might be poor but God loves you far more than the wealthy man who is arrogant.We cannot all be rich.God in his own wisdom made people with different abilities to help them(poor people) live life,some may lack certain abilities ,in this case if your ability is entrepreneurial skills and that has helped you succeed from your investments, don’t be selfish, open your arms,help the needy,respect the poor and the rich alike and above all humble yourself, for the bible says when you humble yourself, you will enjoy more success and happiness in life.
It makes me sad to see some wealthy men feel proud of their riches and don’t mind insulting or condemning people.A small boy who has a lot of money will insult adults without a second thought; an adult who can give birth to him.He trusts in his money,someone’s arrogance might reach the extend of telling his friend “I can buy you”.How come?.They have made the earth lose it’s salt.Life is priceless and no amount of money can buy it,it is something precious that we should all give respect to.A wealthy man’s riches can’t buy his own life nor his brother’s life. When you have life without wealth it is far better than being arrogant wealthy man who trusts in his money.Verse 7 and 8 says:
“None of them by any means redeem his brother,nor give to him a ransom for him;(for redemption of their souls is precious and it ceaseth forever)”.
We came to meet money and riches and surely we will leave it behind. Jesus said it would be easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than a wealthy man inherit the Kingdom of God.So just imagine this wise saying from Jesus.A rich man would hardly gain salvation because his riches is likely to make him overconfident and forget about his maker.Jesus made that saying when a rich man asked him how he can gain salvation, and after declaring to Jesus that he has been obedient to God always;Jesus told him to go and give his wealth to the poor and come back and follow him. This rich man found the saying of Jesus insane. So how can a rich man like this gain salvation?( (Matthew 19:23–24). Christians and everyone who believe in God should get close to Jesus Christ, because he is the way,the truth and the life.No one goes to the father except through him.
If you are a rich man and your wealth has blindfolded you from respecting people, help the needy,humble yourself and show love to people then the time is now.Repent,confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your saviour. Even if you are so powerful because of your wealth, humble your self now,for one day death will humble your arrogance. There is an African proverb that says; “if you don’t know death, have a look at the graveyard”.Yes,that place will be your destination, all your wealth would become someone’s property.So kindly humble yourself and show respect to every one.Give thanks to God always if you are a rich man,obey his instructions and he will bless you.Even if you die you will have salvation.If you think you are wise in your own sight because of the wealth then the bible has this to say:
“For to the one who pleases him,God gives wisdom,knowledge and joy ,but to the sinner, he gives the task of amassing wealth – only to give it to the one who pleases God.This task of the wicked is futile – like chasing the wind”(Ecclesiastics 2:26).