Friday, June 06, 2008

Treasures

June 6: Proverbs 10-12

2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 A slack hand causes poverty,but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:2-5 & 22

1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but a just weight is his delight.

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Proverbs 11:1, 24-25 & 28

27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway there is no death.
Proverbs 12:27-28

Treasures

Solomon talks much about riches, wealth, and treasures; today we will focus on a few such verses from chapters 10-12. It is no wonder that we get it all wrong! Even as Christians our very idea of riches and wealth are backwards. What does the Bible tell us?

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33, KJV

Keep that thought in mind as we review the verses shown above; here are some of the statements made:

*Treasures gained by wickedness do not prosper.
*The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry.
*A slack hand causes poverty.
*He who gathers in summer is a prudent son.
*The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
*A false balance is an abomination to the Lord.
* One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
*Whoever brings blessing will be enriched.
*Whoever trusts in his riches will fall.
*The diligent man will get precious wealth.

So how do we summarize all of this? It all goes back to our purpose for being here. Are we here to amass riches or are we here to serve the Lord? Our first priority is to the Lord; everything we do, think, and say must come from a heart that falls prostrate before Christ. The Word of God is the basis for every single decision we make; our actions reveal our true heart.

Does that mean that it is a sin to be rich, or that all Christians must walk about in poverty? Absolutely not! Our work on this earth needs to be diligent; we must not live our life with a slack hand. The key is that we do not trust in our riches; we trust in Christ.

When the Bible tells us that, The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it, it means that God grants the riches of eternal life, the riches of peace with Him, and often, physical riches as well.

But, wait a minute! If God has blessed us with wealth, remember, we do not trust in that wealth; our trust remains in Christ. We must ask, why has God blessed me in this way? When others are in need, it is the obligation of Christians to use their wealth to help others and advance the kingdom of God.

I often quote this saying from Jim Elliot, a missionary who lost his life in the service of the Lord.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Pray today that you will serve God from your heart because of the deep love you have of Christ who gave His very life for you. Pray also that everything you have, your time, talents and treasures, will be wholly devoted to Him.

God Bless You,
Linda

Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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