Rich with no sorrow

Congratulations! You’ve made it to day 10 of 31 days of wisdom. The first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs were very instructional. We read a lot of commands given as if from a father to a son. You’ll notice that, starting chapter ten, the tone of this wonderful book changes. It becomes more about wise sayings and principles to live by rather than direct commands.

In fact, there isn’t one command or word of instruction in this chapter. Why is that? It’s similar to when a child is growing up. Initially, he hears a lot of commands and do’s and don’ts. But when he matures, he can start to pick up more on wise sayings and principles to live by. He has more understanding and so he is dealt with differently.

The same is true for you. When you first gave your life to the Lord, you probably dealt with a lot of commands. What stood out most to you were the things you needed to do and those you should stop doing. But now that you’ve matured and have received instruction, the Lord can to speak to you differently. He leads you by His spirit. Not everything is based on ‘chapter and verse’ but you start to be inclined to the spirit of His word. This is growth and it’s a wonderful thing!

So now that we are in chapter 10, we see more comparative insight: between the righteous and unrighteous, the diligent and the lazy, and the wise and the foolish. This is because this section is addressing someone who now has the basics of wisdom and understanding so a litany of rules is unnecessary. You can now easily see and receive the wisdom of God’s word as your personal command.

One verse that I absolutely love in this chapter is verse 22. It says,

“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”

This verse reminds me that God wants to make us rich in all ways. And when we are enriched by the Lord, it will not be accompanied with sorrow. That means you don’t have to overwork, lie, steal, hurt people, or any other thing to get ahead in life. All of these things are accompanied by sorrow. But the wisdom of the word will empower you to be filled with nothing but peace and satisfaction.

That’s my prayer for you today: that you would be satisfied and enriched, all without sorrow.
May God richly bless you and your week!

Love,

Ernst

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