Things seem to be going very, very well for Israel! Check out what Isaiah wrote—
Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.
Sounds like a success story to me!
But wait: the next verse sounds a bit ominous—
Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands.
Prosperity? For everyone.
They were no longer looking to God; they looked to what they had made with their own hands. In other words, they made Money their god.
Money can save us! Money can fix all our problems! Without Money we are lost! Only those with Money can be saved!
Sadly, I believe what was said of Israel 2500 years ago could be said of the United States of America today. In God We Trust is printed on all our currency, but it really has become In Money We Trust. We have made Money our god.
Don’t believe me? How do you think most people would answer these fill-in-the-blanks:
- I need _____________ to get clothes. [Matthew 6:28-30]
- Without _____________ I cannot feed my family. [Luke 12:24]
- If I lost _____________ today I would be devastated. [Matthew 10:28]
- I frequently think about how more _____________ in my life would make my life better. [Luke 12:31-34]
What goes in the blank: Money or God? [Hint: it’s either or, not both-and]