“Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. ”(23:4-5)
We are not to profit in an underhanded way, nor love it at the expense of our personal integrity and holiness (Prov.15:27). We are not to go after wealth that comes quickly because it’s a snare (Prov.28:20). Instead we are to trust God for His provision concerning our necessities, rather than worrying like the pagans do who don’t know Him (Mt.6:19). In fact we are to store up treasure in heaven, where thieves (people) or the elements (moth and rust) can’t destroy it.
God is commanding us to put or store our treasure in heaven because it will certainly last. What is this wealth (1 Tim.6:17-19)? We are not to love money but we are to be content with what we have because God is our God (Heb.13:5). We are to trust in the LORD with all of our lives and live in the fear of Him always as Solomon noted:
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” (Prov.3:5-7).
My take away from theses texts is that true wealth according to Scripture is eternal, not temporal. What people tend to value most, God does not. The love of the temporal over against the eternal, does not only dishonor God and ensnares us; it’s going to leave us ultimately empty, “we can’t serve or love money and God,” for one will trump the other. These two don’t share allegiance.
The wealth that we do acquire should never be what we go to get a sense of well-being because it’s fleeting. Instead, we are to put all of our eggs into God’s basket because He’s the eternal One. Having said that, with our wealth (whatever it is) we are to worship God! So we agree with the writer of Scripture who says, “Whatever we do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God, giving thanks to Him….”