DAILY WORD 7/20/21

6. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.

Proverbs 15:6 NLT

Today’s Passage is another single Verse with a lot to unpack, so let’s jump right in. Today’s society reveres wealth and those who generate it and flaunt it, but what are God’s views on riches and those that hoard them?

There is a great deal of wisdom to be gleaned from the Book of Proverbs, and this Passage is no different. The author indicates that there are riches or treasure stored up in the house of those that Love and serve God. So, isn’t that an indication that having and utilizing money is just fine?

Well, a few Chapters ahead, the author tells us what happens to a fool and his money. In Proverbs 21:20, it says, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” The message there is relatively straightforward; you might have cash, but if you aren’t wise with its creation or expenditure, it will leave you even more quickly you earned it.

So, looking at that, we can see that simply having money is not the answer to all of life’s ills. As a matter of fact, it can often be the exact opposite. And if we’re being honest, do you need wealth to be happy in life or do you really need riches at all?

Philippians 4:19 tells us that God will supply all our needs according to His Riches in Glory. So, regardless of how enticing the wealth of the world may look, can it be any better than what God can Provide us through His innumerable Glory? I think not, especially considering where the wealth of the world can lead you.

Let’s look at another Verse that explains this philosophy a little more clearly. Why is having money an issue for some folks? The reason is that when having and manipulating cash and wealth become your focus, it can easily spill over into greed.

1 Timothy explains this best when it says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

In other words, Exalting God over money is the source of true wealth because He is the True Supplier of our needs. To focus on money alone leads to greed which can lead to all types of other sorrows, not the least of which are envy, jealousy, corruption, and murder.

Think I’m being dramatic? Watch any of the true-crime shows proliferating on the television these days and look at the motives of the offender’s crimes. What do they tend to have in common? It’s money. The desire to get it and the lust to take it from those who have more than you do can drive people to terrible lengths.

The author, who was a wealthy man himself, saw first hand the many issues that can come with having wealth, and he warns us against falling into the same trap that he did. When he says there is much treasure in the house of the righteous, what he is implying is that even if they are poor, a righteous man is still happy because it is God who supplies his Portion.

If we have everything we need without having to scratch and steal to get it, we can live a life of comfort and peace without having to concern ourselves with the accumulation of riches. That position is far superior to the converse outlook in which gaining revenue is all that is important because securing it will come at all costs.

That is why the second part of Today’s Verse says, “in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.” The author has seen the outcome of greed and has watched the lowliest of individuals live full and fulfilling lives with the least of things to call their own.

Even Jesus Himself, a man who was for all intents and purposes homeless, recognized the issues with excess wealth. He indicated in Matt 19:23–24 the difficulties of a rich man even entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. Once your focus strays from away God, and money replaces your motivation is there any wonder difficulties arise?

As long as you have God, friends, family, a roof over your head, food to eat, and an appreciation of what you do have, you truly do have wealth. It is the kind of wealth that you can’t lose when the stock market crashes or a fire destroys your stuff because it’s not rooted in the material.

When your treasure is established in the abundance of relationships and the Love you amass, no one can take or cause you to squander it and waste it away. It will always be there because Love Cannot Die! It can only blossom and grow, producing the fruit which becomes the Harvest of your True Wealth.

Righteousness is its own reward, and greed creates its own consequences. One is not rich because they have a lot of stuff. That only gets in the way of what True Wealth is. True Wealth is God’s Grace, Love, and Relationship. That is all we really need!

Have a Terrific Tuesday and Remember to Build Relationships, That Is True Wealth!

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