Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Proverbs 15 : 6 Real treasure, or real worried?

Have you seen the commercial lately from an insurance company, that features a cute pup worried about where to hide his treasure -- his bone? He scampers from place to place, trying to find the perfect spot, and is always worried about it being found . . . even in his dreams he is uneasy:

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!


Belinda said...

You've covered this well. I am trying very hard this Christmas, to just enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy being able to give gifts, and the finery that goes with everything. And I am trying to remember the "reason for the season" :)

Carrie P. said...

I was reading in my devotion yesterday about Fret-Free Living.
Psalm 37:7-8 really spoke to me.
7. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret--it only causes harm.
Your paragraph about the wicked speaks volumes. Sometimes we think they get away with a whole lot but like you said they can not truly rest.
Thanks for sharing.

Belinda said...

As I thought about this more, I realized that even we "righteous" sometimes have trouble with uneasiness and fear, pride and passion. It's that old sin nature, and we must try to remember who we belong to and how much we have to be thankful for.

Snoodles said...

You are oh-so-right, Belinda, and Carrie, I love that Psalm. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments today!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Those riches are the best gifts of the season!