For many believers, what’s keeping God at arm’s length is not a lack of desire to know Him better. Rather, it is a suffocating clutter of material wealth and comforts – and the drive to possess them –which crowds Him out of our lives. If the drive to earn more for the sake of having more comes at the expense of the eternal riches of our salvation and a genuine relationship with our Heavenly Father, then we have our priorities askew.
Solomon, in his wisdom, decried the quest for wealth as both unceasing and unsatisfying. (Ecclesiastes 5:10) Jesus explicitly warned His disciples not to let material greed become a source of enmity between themselves and God. (Matthew 6:24) The author of Hebrews agreed, urging believers to be content with what they have – remembering that it is ultimately God Himself who provides for our wants and needs. (Hebrews 13:5)
Don’t discount the danger that greed and material excess can pose to relationships! Consider just how often couples fight over money… or how many marriages have ended due to financial issues… or how many bitter divorces have been dragged out over the splitting of assets. If money and possessions have the potential to suffocate our human relationships, how much more so might they hamper our relationship with God?
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Matthew 6:24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.