“Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.
Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—
and men praise you when you prosper—
he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life.
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.”
(Psalm 49:16–20, NIV84)
This is Black Friday, a day that many celebrate by demonstrating unmitigated greed. The verses quoted above remind us that material possessions will not last beyond this life. “He will take nothing with him when he dies.”
The early Christians had an expression, “There’s no pockets on a shroud.” A shroud was a linen burial cloth, and that saying reminded them that you can’t take your stuff with you after death.
An updated version of that statement could be, “You never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.”