Those who cling to God alone should be sure that He will show them mercy. He will show them pure goodness, not only for themselves, but also to their children's children.
Let everyone seriously take this passage to heart. For you it is a question of eternal blessing, happiness, and salvation, or of eternal wrath and woe. What more would you have or desire than God so kindly promising to be yours with every blessing and to protect and help you in all need?
But unfortunately, here is the failure: the world believes none of this, nor regards it as God's Word. For the world sees that those who trust in God and not in Mammon suffer care and want, and that the devil opposes and resists them. On the other hand, those who serve Mammon have power, favor, honor, possessions, and every comfort.
Those who have used all their care and diligence to gather great possessions, what have they finally gained?... They have never found happiness in their wealth.
For these words of the promise had to come true. Let not the devil and the world deceive you with their show.
Let us, then, learn well the First Commandment, that we may see how God will tolerate no overconfidence nor any trust in any other object. He requires nothing greater from us than confidence from the heart for everything good. Then we may live right and straightforward and use all the blessings that God gives. (paragraphs 39, 41-43, 46-47)
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