Greed and Dissension

Proverbs 28:25

A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.

In 2008 we watched as the housing market collapsed.  Then came the banking industry.  Finally stocks on Wall Street followed.  Economists and historians will debate about the cause for years if not decades but one of the root causes is greed at many levels.

We like to think of greed as a sin that the fat cats at the top of corporate ladder are guilty of.  But greed amounts to anytime that we aren’t satisfied with what God has given us.  Greed causes a person to cheat on their spouse because what they have isn’t good enough to satisfy their emotion, physical, or spiritual needs.  Greed makes us want what our neighbor has when two days earlier we didn’t even realize it existed.

This proverb does not promise us riches.  God does not promise to give us everything that our heart desires.  But He does promise to give us everything that we need.  We often have great difficulty distinguishing between our wants and our needs . 

When we trust in the Lord, we can count that He will take care of our needs.  When we closely evaluate and distinguish between our wants and our needs, we will keep greed at bay and be able to be happy with what God has given us.

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