Flourish as the Green Leaf
A devotion on Proverbs 11:28
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
Nearly everybody wants to have more money.
Nearly everyone believes having more money would solve their problems — no matter what those problems are. But no matter how much money you have, it never seems to be enough. Those who have a lot of money are just as prone to sadness, disease, death, and problems as those in poverty.
We live in a world where money and wealth are completely misunderstood and misused.
We can’t deny that there is a need for money in our society. It is our method of exchange for goods and services. But our need for money — our actual need for money — is not nearly as great as we think it is.
The truth of the matter is this: Jesus is what we really need.
When we make Jesus, not money, our top priority and king of our lives, we will flourish — just as today’s verse tells us. When we put our faith in Jesus rather than money, everything else falls into place. Not so, if we do it the opposite way — the world’s way. When we put money first, rather than falling into place, things fall apart.
Trust in Jesus — not the riches of this world. Trust in Jesus and flourish.
Dear God, Help me to find and keep the proper balance between Jesus, family, work, and money so I can really “flourish as the green leaf.” In Jesus’ dear name I pray, Amen.
What changes do I need to make in my life to put Jesus first every single day?