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“The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22, English Standard Version) Have you ever wondered about the richest person who ever lived? I assumed it would be some present-day entrepreneur such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon) or Bill Gates (Microsoft), but I was wrong. The richest person ever—with a fortune of $400 billion—was Mansa Musa, emperor of the Mali empire, who lived 1280-1337. No one in our time has come close to controlling a fortune that size. My mind will not wrap around that much money. And if I had it, I wouldn’t know…

    “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Things on the earth can get us off-track if we are not careful. It’s important that we don’t forget that all of the wealth and pleasure in this world is short lived. We must keep our eyes set on heaven and place all of our affection on things above. Our heavenly home is eternal. Where are you looking?
    Prayer: Dear Jesus, I pray that You will help me to keep looking up. To see You face-to-face will be worth it all.
    Devotion by: Kaye Singleton

“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour…and, behold all was vanity…and there was not profit under the sun.”  (Ecclesiastes 2:11 KJV) Reading the book of Ecclesiastes helps me understand that the things we obtain in life don’t bring true happiness. In chapter 2, Solomon made a list of things that he had obtained.  He listed:  houses, vineyards, gardens, pool, trees, servants, peculiar treasures (rare treasures), singers and musical instruments.  He concluded that all of these were a poor substitute for wisdom which is better than fine gold. King Solomon showed us that material…