My friend John Teevan of Grace College sends out a newsletter every month called “Economic Prospect.” This month’s edition included this valuable insight:
Here is a short passage from Ezekiel 28:4-5 that speaks to us about overconfidence in producing wealth:
By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
There is a pattern I had not seen before: wisdom plus understanding plus skill yield wealth. Sounds good and sounds like God’s approval of human ingenuity and skill. There is a problem but it is not wealth creation; it’s that “your heart has grown proud.” Can we be wealthy without being proud? Sure, and the clue comes from the word ‘amass’ which is the opposite of being generous in giving. A Christmas thought.