I have never seen a time when the entire world seems to be so focused on finances. We tend to exalt those people who have made great amounts of money as though they are better than those who have not. When going to a store to buy a soda-pop, it is nothing unusual to have to wait behind a long line of people buying lottery tickets. We hear about instant millionaires all the time. We hear news about how bad our economy is, and what the rate of inflation is … how the value of the dollar is plummeting, and many other stories about our money. The Bible makes a definitive statement about it when it says, “He that trusteth in His riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch” (Proverbs 11:28).
Rather than us focusing on our money today, let’s instead focus on our righteousness, or unrighteousness. If we held onto our righteousness as tightly as we hold onto our money, I think our nation would look totally different than what it does. One of our favorite things to do right now is to find the lowest gas price possible. As a matter of fact, when we find a lower price than someone else has paid, that is worthy of a phone call to make the announcement. Recently I drove down south and got gasoline for about 40¢ a gallon cheaper. I immediately sent a text to my wife with the incredible news! When she goes out shopping and returns home, she promptly begins to show me what she has purchased (mostly for our grandchildren), and tells me all the great “deals” she got on the items! We both have a time of rejoicing!
Why do we not get that excited when we exhibit righteous attitudes and behavior? Actually, if we gave as much attention to living righteous lives as we have given to our money, we would be a drastically different kind of people. I think we believers love to criticize our government, the movie actors, the rock-n-roll singers (I know that terminology is way outdated!), the coaches of our favorite sports teams, … The reality is that if we would live righteous lives, we would not even be concerned about many of these things. The writer of Proverbs makes this comparison to show us where our treasure actually is. Today is a good day to get our priorities back in the right order. Why not stop what you are doing right now and ask God to help you be more consumed with thoughts about being righteous, than about how much money you have in your bank? Righteousness is far more valuable than any money we will earn in our lifetime.
“Quality means doing right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford