An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Be a Treasure Island

(Proverbs 15:6 KJV)  In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

There are different teachings about “treasure” (wealth NASB) (2633) and riches in the Bible.  It seems that the rich are often condemned, but verses like this make it more complicated than that.  Is this wealth figurative or literal?  Is it spiritual or financial?  I think the answer can be “both”.  I like the KJV translation of “treasure”.

The “righteous” (6662) have the wealth of blessings.  Some would consider this figurative but it isn’t.  Money cannot buy a good name or a noble reputation yet they are very real.  Money cannot give you spiritual children but they are a gift that keeps on giving.  You can’t put a dollar sign on a peaceful and harmonious home, but people can feel it.  These are the wealth or treasure of the righteous.  People covet this kind of wealth.

Financial wealth can also be a blessing.  Some wag once said they would rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable.  That is rather short sighted.  The poor are more willing to do things to remedy their misery.  The rich sometimes just throw money.  But some people are blessed with the best of both worlds.  God has seen that they are able to handle wealth.  They use it as stewards and pass the blessing on.  They supply jobs for others and engage the businesses of others.  They serve as volunteers and are involved in their local church.

So?  How has God blessed you.  Be grateful and share your blessings whether it be financial plenty or the patience of Job.  Be a treasure.

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