How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.… Proverbs 3:13-15
We want stuff and lots of things. We want houses, cars, nice clothes, good health and financial blessings. We pray for these very things and we purpose in our hearts that God loves us and wants us to prosper in this way…. and it may be so. After all we can reason that Solomon, David, Jacob, Abraham, Job and so many more were blessed by the Lord with extreme wealth.
BUT what if it is in God’s plan that you suffer the lack of things? What if His
perfecting purpose for your life is that you endure meager finances? God may deny you wealth, that you learn to depend solely upon Him for your needs. Some will gain these riches in life and become conceited and arrogant, forgetting the giver of all Good things. Others may attain wealth and become the blessing to others by what they have gained. God may take you on a path where your character is assassinated and you are defamed, so that you may learn to encourage others who are downcast; and also in this we learn that our perceived worst moments are actually our testimonies and blessings to others. You may find yourself in poor health unable to conceive why God has allowed it. Yet Remember Job and remember that his malady caused him to pray for his brethren and then he was healed. In every circumstance mentioned above the blessing comes when it it meted out to others and not locked away in our little selfish trove of treasures. .
Here is my main point and the question we should ask: What do we REALLY want most from the Lord? As we mature we begin to realize that there is nothing more precious to have than more of Jesus. I think personally that Enoch was the richest man of the Bible. He walked so close with God that He walked right into the Heavens. Now that is wealth! The Wisdom of God is more precious than a brand new thing or crisp 100 dollar bills. It is when we purpose in our hearts to trust all that we need to God’s good pleasure, that we find contentment no matter what our circumstances. God knows best what we need to live out our life’s purpose. He desires that our SOULS prosper… our bank accounts have no connection to that prosperity.
Timothy nips the matter of the Church “PROSPERITY” in the bud!
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone
teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus
Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a
means to FINANCIAL GAIN
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:3-10
So if we desire precious treasures, let it be Wisdom that we seek.