Many may heap up earthly treasures and trust in them to deliver them, but even with mere men, money cannot always avail. Not all judges will take a bribe, and no gift will pacify those who have been deeply offended and severely misused. How much less can money avail anything at all on the day of God’s holy wrath!
And we pray:
Lord, though a man gain all the money in the world, he could not buy salvation from You. Your anger against sin cannot be appeased by any riches that men might try to offer, and the offer itself would insult Your holiness. Nor can good works, long prayers, or self-affliction avail anything. It is only the blood of Your Son – Jesus Christ that can quench the fire of Your wrath. In that alone I ever trust, Amen.