The sin of greed Print
Monday, 26 March 2018 15:55

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.” (Jer. 6:30-31, ESV)

Sweet will always be the sleep of a man who gains his earnings by honesty. His heart will also overflow with joy continually. This truth will forever stand—God blesses the works of an honest man, but the Lord abhors the gains of thieves. Anything which is profited by dishonestly has a corresponding curse. Such evil profit will, in many forms and ways, eat-up the actor until he eventually run-out or simply expires.

Check this out: are there how many corrupt politicians you know, who already died in unnatural deaths or had suffered terminal cancers before they left this world? Their (robbed) millions of pesos could not help them save or extend their lives! But did you also notice the decent works of honest people, their increase may only be little, but each gain they have moved them forward always, and surely!

I know parents whose sole work was to push carts to sell fried bananas for their daily needs, and to send their kids to school through those hard-earned money. Though they push life in seeming difficulties, but their blessings today may tell us to how God did really prosper their honest living. Their children have finished their studies and it is them now who are taking care of their old parents.

The psalmist used to illustrate the way of the dishonest people, “The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” (Ps. 1:4, ESV) Money gained by theft or robbery do not stay long in the hands of the holder. The Lord would send a usual wind, in many forms, to drive away such money.

It will always be a reward for parents to feed their children with income which they earned out from their sweat. They can steadfastly tell the latter that the money they spent for them is clean. Such parents can also walk with their heads up and in righteous pride in their communities. No fear can beset them, too, simply because they did not hurt anybody.

Do not buy goods or anything which is stolen. Do you know that such simple act of buying stolen goods is already a crime—FENCE? Stolen goods are sold in cheaper prices, of course by the thieves themselves. The absurd thing, most of the time, there are folks who also patronize such wrong merchandize. Thus, same thieves are encouraged to steal more!

Friends, do not think that one has saved by buying stolen goods! The very truth is the contrary. God’s curse is with it. There was a man by the name of Acan, in Joshua 7. He stole some devoted goods which God said must not be touched by the people. He hid them underneath his tent. He thought that nobody would know it. God exposed it and he was punished. Such stolen goods were called in the Scripture as ACCURSED THINGS.

Again, there are curses in stolen goods. Theft doesn’t give any profit to the thief himself or to the second person who buys it. If there are no patrons to stolen goods, thievery will stop. To treat such cycle is pretty easy. No buyer, no thief! One cannot use poverty as his lousy excuse, so that he may steal or rob! It will be unfair to other people who are also similarly situated, but overcame poverty in honest living.

“…Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Lk. 12:15, ESV) Godly contentment is the big problem why there are thieves and robbers in the world, throughout history. They want to circumvent honesty; in life, anything which is gained in an easy way is always dangerous.

We grew a papaya tree in our backyard. One stormy night, the same papaya tree fell and succumbed to the strong winds. Well, our papaya tree grew in just 10 months! But at the same time, we also have two mahogany trees in our front yard. They are standing for more than twenty years now. On that same stormy night, they stood strong. The winds could not knock them.

Such is an analogy to easy money—they ordinarily dissipate and quickly. But hard-earned blessings will absolutely stay and the holder will enjoy them, and the same blessings will even continue to flow through his coming posterity. Honesty is God’s idea. It will always be the will of God which shall prevail on earth, and never the devil’s or man’s greed.

The Lord Jesus confronted the hypocrisies of the Pharisees in his time. He said, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn. 8:44, ESV) In another passage, the devil is addressed as a thief.

Relatively, earthly thieves are also natural liars. They will do all of their best to cloak their crooked character, by lying. Hence, if you have a neighbor or know somebody who is a thief, you are safe to presume that such man is also a liar. Hence, you cannot trust him, not a bit. Well, unless he reforms and the fruit of genuine change may be seen in his life, you have all the rights under heaven to stay away from him. God bless you.