“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,' if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.” – Job 31:24-28
Vijay Mallya "spent a lifetime building a reputation as India's professed King of Good Times." Sometimes called the Indian Richard Branson, he turned his family brewing business into a massive conglomerate. He also made money in chemicals, fertilizer, and an airline. But the "flamboyant" tycoon once said he played just as hard as he worked. Mallya loved to party, and his own birthdays included performances from stars like Enrique Iglesias and Lionel Richie. He also bought a stake in a Formula One team. Meanwhile, his company was having problems paying its staff.
It was a sign that things weren't going great. Besides employee back pay, Mallya's airline also owed more than $1 billion in loans. The authorities raided his homes and offices in 2015. He fled India for Britain in 2016. But he wasn't out of the reach of the law, and Mallya managed to get arrested twice in 2017 for defaulting on his loans and money laundering, the Times of India reports.
As of April 2019, however, he was still fighting extradition to India to face charges. His creditors still want their $1.5 billion back.
We cannot put our trust in money. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for being the only true foundation where we can place our trust and put your trust in Him and not in money.
“Money is the root of every mess you can think of. Anyone who lives for money is surely missing the best things in life.” – Sadie and Bessie Delany
God’s Word: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10