He who is of a greedy spirit stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in the Lord shall be enriched and blessed.
— Proverbs 28:25 (AMPC)
Greed is a terrible thing. No matter how much people have, if they allow greed to rule them, they will always want more and more. In addition, they will never be content with—or thankful for—what they have. We always overcome evil with good (see Romans 12:21), so I have found that the best way to prevent greed from ruling in my life is to be aggressively generous. I want to encourage you to ask God daily to show you something you can do for someone else.
Focusing our thoughts on others keeps us from being selfish and self-centered. When we ask God to help us do this, He may show us something as simple as sending someone a text message of appreciation or encouragement. He could show us something that will require a donation of time or money. When we give, we never lose anything because our generous deeds always return to bless us (see Luke 6:37–38).
God’s Word teaches us to be on our guard against greed because life does not consist of our possessions (see Luke 12:15). The more generous we are, the more joy we will have.
Prayer of the Day: Father, help me not to be a greedy person who always wants more and more, but instead help me be generous to everyone I can, in every way. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.