Chapter-a-Day Ezekiel 7

They throw their money into the gutters.
   Their hard-earned cash stinks like garbage.
They find that it won’t buy a thing
   they either want or need on Judgment Day
. Ezekiel 7:19 (TM)

The thing about money is that it gives me a feeling of control. If I’ve got money – then I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want. If I’ve got money – I can acquire any and all the shiny new things my eyes see and my heart lusts after  – like that pretty little piece of fruit dangling from the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden.

If I’ve got money – I’m alright. I’m good. I’m secure. Got the storehouse built up. "You can’t touch this."

The lust for Money is about my pride, it’s about control and it’s about my desire for a false sense of safety. That’s why it’s so insidious. That’s why it so easily wreaks spiritual havoc in my heart.

But there comes a day when no amount of money can save me – when nothing I have means a thing. That’s the Day Ezekiel wrote about. The Day was coming for Jerusalem – and eventually arrived. The Day is coming for me, too – for all of us.

Whatever I have and possess,
You have given me;
to you I restore it wholly,
and to Your will I utterly
surrender it for my direction.
Give me the love of You only, with Your grace,
and I am rich enough;
nor do I ask anything else besides
.
-St. Ignatius

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