I recently asked four brothers: What would you rather have--
One billion dollars deposited into your checking account when you roll out of bed in the morning
the assurance of Isaiah 43: 'But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you."'
One billion dollars, or those two verses?
Remember, you can do a lot of good with a billion dollars.
As for me, if you told me that you were going to deposit that money in my account tomorrow, and I knew you were being truthful, and in return those two verses are going to be cut out of my Bible and wiped from my memory, while I could retain the remaining 99.99% of the Bible, I respond: no thank you.
Keep your money.
I want the real thing.