God Vs. Riches

“But Jesus again answered and said to them, ‘Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ ” Mark 10:24-25

Which is easier to trust: something or someone you know, or something or someone you don’t know?

Well, that depends, right? If what you know has proven itself time and time again to be unreliable and untrustworthy then perhaps it would be easier to trust the one you don’t know.

That rational makes sense. In fact, I’ve seen the reality of it play out many times as people chose to go with the unknown rather than take the choice that’s failed them so many times before.

But I have a question. With riches highly consistent track record of corrupting, deceiving, and disappointing why do we still find it so easy to trust it?

I can understand why we use it and even rely on it. Money can be very useful. But usefulness and trustworthiness are two different things. So many in this world pursue money and possessions believing they will provide for them security, happiness, and peace of mind. What they end up getting is the opposite. Where before they didn’t care what people thought of their clothes; now that’s what they think about every time they get dressed. Where before it was family, friends, God, and simple things that brought them happiness and pleasure; now everything comes with a high price tag and still they’re not sure they’ve found what they’re looking for. Where in the past a hard day of work, almost any work, would have brought the satisfaction of a job well done; now they avoid work if they can and only do any work if the price is right and it’s not too demeaning, and even then, when they get done, they don’t have the same kind of satisfaction.

Yet, we still find it so easy to trust in riches. And even though peace, and happiness, and joy, and satisfaction seem to attend every thing those who trust in God do, no matter how humble their circumstances, we still find it hard to put our trust in God.

Well, hard or easy, natural or unnatural, the only choice that makes sense to me is to keep choosing to trust in God.

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