NEVER REPLACE GOD WITH GOLD

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JULY 12, 2024

TOPIC: NEVER REPLACE GOD WITH GOLD

BY T. O. BANSO

Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying, ’Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me’” (2 Chronicles 16:2-3 New King James Version).  

To many people, money is everything. They may not know any other scripture, but they know “Money answereth all things.” They declare it emphatically. Truly, Solomon said that in Ecclesiastes 10:19. But his full statement is: A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money answers everything” (New King James Version).

It’s unlikely that Solomon meant that money could give one everything in life because it is clear that money doesn’t. But if he meant that, his words could be understood as that of a man whose heart had turned away from the LORD (1 Kings 11:9). Money cannot give one everything in life but can provide all the food, drinks, and entertainment needed for a feast.

Money is important. It is a medium of exchange in life, but it must never replace God in your life. Unfortunately, it has been in the lives of many. Money determines what is right and what they do, not God. Gold (money or wealth) must never replace God in your life.

God says, “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine” (Haggai 2:8 New King James Version). Silver and gold must never become more important to you than God. If they are, they become your god and you cannot serve God and money. Jesus said, You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love the other, or else the other way around” (Matthew 6:24 Living Bible). You either serve God or money. But you can use your money to serve God. Never replace God with gold (money) in your life.

In Acts 3:6, Peter told the lame man by the Beautiful Gate, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6 New King James Version). The man was begging for money, but Peter gave him Jesus, who was more than the money he wanted. You may have silver and gold; but do you have God?

When Peter first said he didn’t have silver and gold, I imagine that the lame man must have been disappointed because that was the reason he was there. But after Peter had completed his statement, the lame man loved what he was given more than what he had wanted. The Bible says, And he [Peter] took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (verse 7 New King James Version).

The man’s reaction to the miracle showed that he preferred healing or good health to money. He entered the Temple with Peter and John, walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people who saw him knew that he was the one who had sat begging for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were surprised at what had happened to him (verses 8-9).  Money couldn’t have given that man the miracle. Only God could do such a thing.

Don’t make the mistake of replacing God with gold in your life. Don’t pursue gold and neglect God. If you succeed in getting the gold, you will soon see how miserable life could be without God despite the good things of life money has given you.

Put God first in your life, not gold (money). If you put gold or money first, it becomes your god. You will always think about everything in terms of money. Simon the sorcerer had this mentality. When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power, saying, Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:19  New King James Version).

However, Peter did not replace God with gold in the ministry. He was not greedy for filthy lucre or dishonest gain. Some people whose goal in ministry is money would have collected the money today in the name of collecting seed to transfer the anointing! 1 Timothy 3:3 says a bishop, overseer, or servant of God must, among other things, not be greedy for money. Therefore, Peter told Simon the sorcerer, Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!” (Acts 8:20 New King James Version).

Don’t replace God with gold in your ministry or life. Those who replace God with gold have no fear of God. They can do anything for gold or money. They don’t seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first; they only pursue the addition – gold, riches, or wealth (Matthew 6:33). They love gold; they don’t love God.

To those who have replaced God with gold, godliness with contentment is not a great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). It is foolish! But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9-10 New King James Version).

The psalmist prayed in Psalm 119:36, Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money!(New Living Translation). Don’t replace God with gold. Put your trust in God, not in silver or gold.

In 2 Chronicles 16, King Asa of Judah trusted in silver and gold rather than in God to deliver his nation from Baasha, king of Israel, who came up against Judah and built Ramah to prevent anyone from entering or leaving Judah.

What was King Asa’s reaction? Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying, ’Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me’” (2 Chronicles 16:2-3 New King James Version).  

King Asa didn’t seek the help of God as he had done in the early years of his reign when Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots and Asa’s army of 580,000 men was able to defeat them (2 Chronicles 14:9-15). But in the attack referred to in 2 Chronicles 16, Asa’s reaction was to gather silver and gold from the treasuries of the LORD’s Temple and the royal palace and send to King Ben-Hadad of Aram (Syria), seeking a military alliance.

The alliance worked, as Ben-Hadad’s army attacked Israel and Israel abandoned her project of fortifying Ramah, but God was not pleased with Asa’s action. And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: ‘Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars’” (2 Chronicles 16:2-3 New King James Version).  

Asa trusted in Ben-Hadad, not God. But I think Asa first trusted in his money (silver and gold). He probably would have cried to God if he didn’t have money to send to Ben-Hadad to secure the alliance. Because he had money and was now more experienced as a king (in the thirty-sixth year of his reign), he felt he didn’t need God or could do whatever he liked. You may have money, be wealthy, or be very experienced; don’t replace God with any of these.

In 2 Chronicles 13, when there was war between King Abijah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel, Abijah put his trust in God and He gave him victory. He didn’t send silver and gold to another nation to help him. Though he fought the battle with an army of four hundred thousand choice men and Jeroboam had eight hundred thousand choice men, he was victorious.

Put your trust in God, not in your gold (money or wealth). Psalm 62:10b warns, If your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life” (New Living Translation). Also, Proverbs 23:5 warns that riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I shall not replace God with gold in Jesus’ name. Holy Spirit, help me to always put God as number one in my life. Deliver me from the love of money. I shall serve God, not money; I shall use my money or wealth to serve God. My money or wealth shall not become my god in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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