S (Scripture): Psalm 49
Everyone knows that the wise die too,
just like foolish and stupid people do,
all of them leaving their fortunes to others.
Their graves are their eternal homes,
the place they live for all generations,
even if they had counties named after them!
People won’t live any longer because of wealth;
they’re just like the animals that pass away.
O (Observation): The psalmist is sick and tired of those with self-elevated status. Money and “wisdom” seem to be the hallmark for a great life. Money and wisdom are okay if used for mutual uplifting. But when money and wisdom are used to declare one’s self great…not so much.
What will one do with all wisdom and riches upon their death? Nothing!
Sure, you can leave a name and have a town or road named after you, but what can you enjoy in this life if you are not around to enjoy it?
A (Application): Why do we have the gifts of money and wisdom? If you could lay out the ideal response to having wealth and wisdom, what would that look like?
Ever thought of this?
Let’s make it simple: what do you do with the “wealth and wisdom” you have now? We like to dream about what we will do “when…”.
What if you stopped dreaming about when “that” time comes and started taking action TODAY!
You have gifts and you are a person who can do wondrous things. Money, wisdom…what are they for? As you wrestle with that question, ask yourself, “How can I serve others?”
You may advance your learning and training to make an impact. You may use wisdom to ask questions and listen, rather than just speak. You may bring peace to anxious situations. The possibilities are endless!
Use the gifts you have to help others in this world, and you will receive more than you have given.
P (Prayer): Lord, keep us mindful that the gifts you’ve given are not just for us. Help us to leave a legacy for others to live into. To empower others and lift up the lowly. Amen.