Proverbs 15:16, Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Is there a better picture of the truth of this passage than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas
Carol? Poor Bob Cratchit with son Tiny Tim and his impoverished family are filled with
joy and faith, contrasted with wealthy Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserable existence.
The novel isn’t so much against money as it is failing to live a life that uses what we have for others.
The U.S. is in a curious place regarding wealth. We have affluence that is virtually
unimaginable. Our ethics regarding the ways we obtain wealth are often highly suspect.
Yet, for all our failings in this area, we’re a nation known for generosity. When tragedy
strikes, the greatness of America’s generosity kicks in. We have sent American dollars
around the world to help those in need. We even provide tax credits for those who give
charitably. Yet we can do better—not just in giving, but in our attitudes toward wealth.
»Repent for any greed or wrong attitudes concerning money.
»Pray for an increased spirit of generosity in the church.
»Ask the Lord to pour our godly fear of the Lord throughout our land.