“Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich” (Proverbs 21:17 NLT).


The one who loves pleasure and comfort will eventually live in poverty. So says the proverb, and also anyone who has lived for any length of time. For loving comfort the one fails to work and failing to work, comfort cannot be afforded. Yet, might not the proverb be reversed? So, the one who loves to work might be prosperous, but may also never learn to enjoy the blessings of life.
What we love matters. For it appears that we were created to love something greater than this world offers. Isn’t this why Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves? Jesus warned that “those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity” (John 12:25).
PRAYER: Father, we focus our hearts on You. We love You. Forgive our tendency to love anything or anyone more than You. For loving the things of this world is idolatry. We were made to be in a loving relationship with You, dear Father. And we want to grow in knowing You more and more. Thank You that You first loved us, so that we might love You in return. Help us to walk in Your Spirit today. In Jesus’ name, amen.