Henry Ford said, “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.” Money brings temporary physical comfort, little else. It’s a mirage.

The mirage keeps moving ahead of us. So we keep saying, “When I get X amount of money, I will do this or that, be able to pay off debts, be free to serve, to take more time, to have more means to help.”

By such a mirage, Satan keeps moving our action forward into a vague and shimmering future, always just out of reach.

This is a part of the deceitfulness of riches which chokes the seed of the word in our hearts and causes us to produce nothing (Matthew 13.22; Mark 4.9).

Hold this thought: When making plans, make money your last consideration.

God who supplies our every need, may you be glorified in our dependence upon you. Make money be a tool for the kingdom, not an excuse for inaction.

6 thoughts on “The mirage of money

  1. With that imagery of Satan holding something in front of us and moving it away from us as we get closer, was very vivid. Like a cat chasing a string that we pull, and we never let the cat catch it, but the cat, at least the younger ones, keep chasing it. The older ones either wise up or are too old to keep chasing it!

    • Glad it worked for you. Wasn’t sure if I was making sense there or not. 🙂 The cat and string analogy is a good one, too, hints at the perverseness of the devil. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the imagery of the mirage. Mirages are not real; they never are. They are illusions manufactured by the mind. Chasing a mirage means following an illusion that one can never reach. As you said, such is the illusion of money.

  3. Made me think of Proverbs 23:4-5 – “Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”

    I guess the part that says, “Will you set your eyes on that which is not?” fits the idea you’re talking about. I suppose ole’ Solomon knew a thing or two about big bank accounts, and what does and doesn’t come along with them.

    Good thoughts, Randal.

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