Materialism is a trap – a delusion.
We think we “can take it with us” … fact is, we can’t. The only thing that really matters is what endures beyond the grave – eternal values!! Thought deeply about that today as I read this passage this morning during “coffee with the Lord”! (Some posts just don’t need much comment J)
“Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, both low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding…
“Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me— those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough— so that they should live on forever and not see decay. For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings…
“But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
“So do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them… People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.” (from Psalm 49 NIV)