"Guard against all kinds of greed ..."
You may have visited one of those all you can eat buffet type restaurants where there are many items on the menu. My favourite type is when there is a selection from around the world, Chinese, Indian, Mexican and so on. Have a bit of this and a bit of that and it all begins to mount up. It can easily be overdone as I found to my cost on such a visit to a place in Manchester, the little bit of this and a little bit of that added up to the worst case of indigestion that I’ve ever experienced, so much so that on leaving the restaurant I had to stop for a rest on a bench and sit for a while!!!!
What should have been a gourmets delight turned into a gastronomic nightmare, one not forgotten easily. In such places it is easy to overdo it, I should have been content with enough but I wasn’t. We can all be guilty of that, wanting that little bit extra even though we probably already have too much. That extra possession we acquire for example, does it really bring us happiness, or is it another insurance risk, another item to clutter up our home, another five minute wonder soon to be discarded, and another empty treasure that gets stored away without a second glance. It’s not only the stomach that pays the price of greed, body, mind and spirit can pay also.
Jesus warns (Luke 12:15) to be on guard against all kinds of greed. The challenge is, are there areas in our lives where we are particularly vulnerable to greed and in what ways has greed proven to be destructive?
Proverbs 25:16 gives much food for thought (no pun intended) If you find honey eat just enough, too much of it and you will vomit.
With every blessing,