Proverbs 10:21-23 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Gold, Gold, I found Gold! Wouldn’t it have been something to be around when the prospectors in the old west discovered Gold? To be there when their hard work paid off, and they finally found what they had been searching for?
Nevertheless, not shortly after the first prospector claimed his site, and rightfully started mining his found gold, came the outlaws, and villains of the day. They began to kill people, drive honest miners off their claims, and steal their gold. They took that for which they never had worked.
How in the world could they possible enjoy it? The answer is they couldn’t really enjoy it. If they had no conscience of what they had done, nor any repentance for their sin, they would die, and go to hell. Their short years on earth with someone else’s treasure would seem pale, and far-gone after their first moment in hell. If later in this life they were convicted of their sin, and asked God for forgiveness, all the days they had with the stolen goods became a haunting reminder. The gold they wanted so badly, became the conviction of their sinfulness.
When God rewards those He has made righteous, for living in accordance to His Word and will, there is never any sorrow mixed with it. No guilty conscience to deal with. God gives to his own love, land, laughter, and life. To those who believed a sinful life would bring them joy, God leaves them with loneliness, lost love, languishing memories, and loss of real life.
I once read a person’s writing who said, “What good is money if you can’t enjoy it honestly?” What good is it indeed? God’s blessings are eternal, with no sorrow mixed with it.
The joy of a Christian life is that we don’t have to spend half our life, looking over our shoulder. We can spend all of our life looking up, and forward. What are you looking toward today?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
1 Kings 11 – 13 / Proverbs 10:21-23
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1 Samuel 5-8 / Luke 17
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