Our verse today made me think of that pup and his worries, and the same worries that plague some humans!
Proverbs 15:6 tells us "In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."We have discussed in earlier studies that on the one hand, God may indeed bless the righteous with great riches -- remember Abraham? The list of his possessions was quite astonishing for men in those times. On the other hand, the righteous may NOT have a great deal of the material goods of this world; they may not appear to be wealthy. But in the best and brightest sense, they are the richest folks around! The righteous are usually hard-working, temperate, and content with what they have, and the grace that they've received is counted as their greatest asset. They realize that they have God as their portion, and they don't fret over possessions.
The wicked, however, may have amassed great wealth, but are constantly assailed with feelings of guilt, of passion, of envy, and spitefulness, and can never truly "rest easy" because they are always afraid that someone else will take their riches away. Their passions, pride, and a constant uneasiness take away the joy that they thought their "revenues" would bring them.
This Christmas season, let's be truly grateful for the grace He has given us, the mercy He has extended to us, and the peace that we feel from His presence. Those are the riches I'm thankful for!