Thursday, May 15, 2014

Problems With Riches

By Kippy Meyers

     Herbert Chun of New South Wales in Australia learned a hard lesson about some of the many hardships that can be associated with riches. He won $70,000 in the lottery. Upon learning of his winnings, he was so excited that he fell dead of a heart attack. The same thing happened to William Lane after he won $250,000 in the lottery. The same thing happened to Harold Richards. I suspect that there are other examples of this. I don't suppose that anyone would say, "Winning the lottery was the best thing that ever happened to them."
     There are other, even more significant problems associated with having a lot of this world's goods (1 Timothy 3:10). One problem is that those who are "minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Timothy 3:9).
     If Herbert, William, and Harold could rewrite history, do you think that they would buy the lottery ticket that brought their doom?
    In times when cast becomes sparse, let us make sure that our attitudes regarding riches are noble (Luke 12:15). The best and most important things in life cannot be bought with cash.

Illustrations That Illustrate, The World Evangelist, Feb. 2002, p. 17.

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