«Do not overwork to be rich, because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven» (Proverbs 23:4, 5).
Lot learned to admire Abraham, his uncle, at a very young age. He would see Abraham organizing his flocks, managing money and leading his employees. The old patriarch’s good financial decisions, together with God’s blessing, made him tremendously rich. His nephew excitedly observed the good financial times he was going through. Then, with his generous uncle’s support, he also began to amass his own fortune. And he did so in a short time!
But one day both men’s riches prevented them from staying together. Several disagreements took place among Lot’s and Abraham’s shepherds. It was time to part ways. So Abraham gave him the opportunity to choose the land he would go to. Instead of letting Abraham, who had given him so much prosperity, choose first, he quickly chose the fertile plain of Jordan. Now he had really made the best decision in his life! He would multiply his riches in one of the greatest business areas in those days. in addition, very soon he moved to the city of Sodom. That city offered comfort, political influence and economic prosperity. What more could he ask for?
Suddenly, everything changed. Two messengers from Heaven announced the end of Sodom and, with it, all of Lot’s fortune. He couldn’t believe it. It seemed like a bad joke! However, the angels were not up for jokes. Lot’s relatives didn’t even believe the announcement about the sinful city’s destruction. They enjoyed too many comforts to leave it all behind. For a moment, Lot also doubted about leaving, but the messengers had to take him by the hand to leave the city with his daughters. The fruit of all his work became dust in seconds. And not only did he lose money, he also lost his wife and left behind a terrible inheritance by means of his daughters, whose moral breakdown was woven into their character due to the perverse influence of the city where they had lived.
Why do you work? To become rich and treat yourself to luxuries you’ve dreamed Of? The Bible says that attitude is incorrect because life is too short, and ambition can use up your best years. In the end you’ll be left with nothing. What’s more, work has nobler goals than that.