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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sorry Results

(Proverbs 10:22 KJV)  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

The Bible gives mixed reviews about wealth.  Contrary to some teaching, wealth is not necessarily evil.  Contrary to other teaching, wealth is not guaranteed because you “name it and claim it.”  In America there are many stories of rags to riches.  We have everything from a grand invention to a winning lottery ticket.  How do we know if our wealth is a blessing of the Lord or a bribe by Satan to get us off track?

One way suggested here is to look at the results.  When our wealth is a blessing of God, He “adds” (3254) no “sorrow” (6089a) to the experience.  If our children are spoiled rotten because we misused our money, maybe it was not a blessing of God.  If you go through divorce because you spent too much time at work, guess what.  If it causes anxiety or illness it obviously has not been a blessing.

Of course poor people go through these things also but that could be another example of not following God’s principles.  It is always individual.  We need to check our own motives and heart inclination and not be judging others on this.

So?  If God is blessing you, don’t forget to praise Him.  Use what He gives you as a steward not a CEO with a golden parachute.  I pray that you avoid sorrow. 

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