Proverbs 13: 7-9 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Oh, to be RICH! To have all the money you would ever want. Doesn’t that seem like the dream of most people today? Admit it; we all want to be financially secure. To be able to do what we want, and go wherever we’d like to go. However, there is a big difference in financial security, and the overwhelming desire to be rich. We often find those who do have money, are not really happy. Let them get deathly ill, and they would trade everything for a few more days of life.
Verse 7 could be read a couple of different ways. “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing.” You might see this as a person who has attained all the wealth they might want, but in the process they have forgotten family, friends, and God. Now, even with all this wealth, they are empty inside. Then again, you may read this as someone who has very little financially, however they have made themselves rich with a fine family, a love for God, and great Christian friends, and yet the world sees them as having nothing.
Verse 7 also says, “There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” Some people who have money, live simple lives. Not flaunting a God given abundance financially, but using it as God would intend them to. No one around them knows of their wealth. Then also, there are people who choose to live very simple lives, never desiring much in this world, and yet they are rich in family, and have a rich inheritance with God.
The question is, “What makes you RICH?” If it’s only money, then you’re actually very poor. What really matters in life are relationships. Relationships with family, and friends are important, but the most important relationship is the one you have with God. If you have that, you are wealthy indeed!
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This would be a great day to call, and renew a relationship. It would also be a great time to call on God, and keep that relationship on track. If you never had a relationship with God, He’s waiting to start one. Then you can say, “I’m RICH.”
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2 Chronicles 24 – 28 / Proverbs 13: 7-9
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1 Kings 18-19 / John 8:1-30
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