A Poor Deliverer

During The Day of The LORD, no amount of wealth will be able to help. No one will have a store of food large enough, a shelter deep enough, wealth vast enough. In fact, God says that money will do absolutely no good in the Day, “when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” [Isa 2:19] Though one may think money will be able to help, God says otherwise. Wealth provides in this life guard against almost all things, and seems to mitigate problems, but The Lord of heaven and earth, our creator, tells us in the last days it will be worthless. Even at present its frailties are evident; it holds no power to sustain a soul. Solomon, who held seemingly infinite wealth, said,

"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?" [Ecc 5:10-11]

Furthermore, when The LORD begins to bring His dark and terrible judgments upon the earth, those dwelling thereupon will come to the same conclusion. Ezekiel says they will “cast their silver in the streets.”

"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of The LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity." [Ezek 7:19]

Zephaniah and Proverbs say very similar things regarding this day,

"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of The LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." [Zeph 1:18]

"Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death." [Prov 11:4]

God warns us that riches are fleeting. “They fly away as an eagle toward heaven” says Proverbs 23:5. And those who trust in riches instead of God to deliver them from this day of wrath will be rooted “out of the land of the living.” Those riches will not profit them. Psalms says,

"God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, He shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness." [Psa 52:5-7]

Instead of trusting in riches, trust in The Living God – trust in Jesus Christ who indeed can deliver us from the day of wrath and will profit in that day. Zephaniah shares with us the answer if not riches. He says,

"Seek ye The LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of The LORD's anger." [Zeph 2:3]

And Psalms says similarly to Zephaniah, that those who are meek, and in that meekness seek The LORD: those are they whom God will teach and guide.

"Good and upright is The LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way. The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way." [Psa 25:8-9]


Riches are vain and fleeting. Riches will not profit in the day of wrath: they will only lead to more destruction. Jesus is the one and only way to escape the wrath of God against sin. Jesus Himself says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:36] Take example from a parable that Jesus spoke:

"And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry. But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." [Lk 12:16-21]

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