(Proverbs 18:11 KJV) The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
One of the banners that used to hang around our school went something like, “If you can dream it, you can be it.” What nonsense. While it may be possible that you will never achieve anything unless you have a goal, wishing is not as important as hard work and perseverance. I dream of being a great pianist. I want to be an awesome equestrian. I even had fantasies of being a great athlete. I would give anything to make those dreams become true, except the time and effort required.
When you are “rich” (6223) you sometimes think that gives you special dispensations in other areas. For the moment extend your thinking to include riches that may not have dollar signs. If we are rich in family, looks, strength, artistic ability or any other benefit we sometimes think that the future is settled. Our “imagination” (4906) tells us we have it made. Don’t count on it.
So? Our hope for “success” is to be grounded in the Lord, not in our personal qualities. That is hard for those of you who would be considered part of the beautiful people. It is a little easier for those of us who are always window shopping on riches.