When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools. (Jer. 17:11)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 17:11
Leo Koretz, a stockbroker and lawyer in the early 1900s, is known for the elaborate Ponzi schemes he used to bilk the public and even family members out of millions of dollars. Rather than relying on honest work through his lucrative professions, Koretz chose to deceive to further his gain. While he garnered wealth, he was finally caught, judged, and incarcerated. Greed, deception, and ill-gotten gains led to the loss of his fortune and ultimately his demise when he committed suicide in jail at the age of forty-five. Honored, trusted, and persuasive—and considered a real charmer—his insatiable greed and behavior led to his ruin.
Being diligent, seeking righteousness, stewarding well, staying true to our faith, and honoring God above all are the riches we desire. Imprudent and irresponsible people who desire wealth often fall into temptations and snares and are proven as fools. First Timothy 6:17–18 commands those who are rich not to be arrogant or trust in their wealth, but to be rich and generous in good deeds. Staying true to our faith will yield spiritual riches untold.
Forgiveness, redemption, a good name, power, honor, and blessing are the glorious inheritance God has promised us. Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 1:4–6 that we are enriched in every way through God’s grace, and the wealth of the spiritual riches he bestows is limitless.
Seek the riches of his glory and not worldly wealth.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys riding her e-bike, walking, serving as a volunteer in her city and county parks, photography, and spending retirement making memories with her family.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.