What Money Cannot Do

“Whenever he (Satan) speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44

Satan is father of lies.

There are three major lies of Satan of Satan that are perpetuated in today’s worldview.  It is amazing how many people embrace and endorse these three ungodly beliefs.  At the outset, let me affirm that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with money.  It is the love of money that causes all sorts of headaches. 

Lie #1: Money will bring us lasting satisfaction.

Money can only bring us temporary satisfaction.  Remember your first paycheck and the satisfaction it brought.  How do you feel about your paychecks now? 

The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote… “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income.  This too is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Lie # 2: Money will bring us lasting significance.

Those who embrace this deception believe that they receive a large portion of their identity from what they have or what they own… what money can bring them.  I remember, as a young man, how important a car was to some of the guys I knew.  They worked hard to earn money to buy a hot car.  They had more than money and pride in their car; they had their identity tied into it. 

Jesus said in Luke 12:15 “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”  We are so much more than our possessions. 

Lie #3: Money will bring us lasting security.

Money can only bring us a measure of security because it can be so fleeting.  Here today… gone tomorrow. 

Proverbs 23:5 teaches us that “When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.  For wealth certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”

In his record breaking run on "Jeopardy," Ken Jennings won more than $2.5 million. He has shown he can handle facts, but can he handle money? 

Randy Kennedy wrote in the New York Times that [Jennings] checked a book out of his local library with advice on how best to avoid the difficulties faced by people who experience financial windfalls. 

"There are unbelievable statistics," Jennings said, "that three-quarters of all people who have some big windfall are out of money within two to five years. So many people are not smart about it. So I think it would be very ironic if I got the money for being smart and then did, like, something incredibly dumb with it." Randy Kennedy, "'Jeopardy!' Whiz Ken Jennings Loses," NY Times (12-1-04)

Thanks be to God that His Word dispels all the lies of Satan… we can live in the truth. 

Something to think about…