Our scripture this week is Luke 1:46-55, taken today from the Christian Standard Bible (CSB).

And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has looked with favor on the humble condition of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and his name is holy. His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. He has done a mighty deed with his arm; he has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts; he has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he spoke to our ancestors.

As Mary offers praise she says “He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty” (v. 53). I have always been a little confused about scripture that speaks about the rich. Does God say it is wrong to have money?

Passages such as the story of the Rich Young Man might lead us to think this. Jesus said to his disciples, ‚ÄúTruly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23). He warns us that those who have resources often look to their own strength rather than to God.

It’s not a matter of wealth, as much as how we obtained it and what we do with it. God blesses those who trust in Him, earn an honest living and help others as Jesus taught. When we use our money well, for the work of His kingdom, we are truly rich.

Loving Lord, we are grateful for all the wonderful gifts You have provided for us. Help us to be good stewards of Your blessings, using them as You intend. Amen.

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