From time to time we read stories that prove to us that money doesn’t buy happiness. Recently, newspapers carried the story of Mack Metcalf and Virginia Metcalf Merida who won 65.4 million dollars in the lottery. They quit their jobs and bought large homes, but five years later they were both dead. Mack had never been able to conquer his drinking problem andVirginia died alone and was not noticed for days. Another lottery winner named Jack Whittaker, who won a 314.9 million dollar jackpot, later was convicted of assaulting and threatening a bar manager and had to undergo counseling for substance abuse after a drunk driving arrest. The adage is true that money can’t but happiness. Sometimes it seems it can even buy trouble.

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.