Proverbs 10: King James Bible
Blessings of the Lord – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verses
22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Blessings of the Lord
I believe that this is indeed, one of the most misunderstood verses in the book of Proverbs. I’ve heard my share of sermons throughout my walk in Christ, and this verse is typically tucked into a package of verses, that have to do with giving and prosperity.
What I’ve witnessed, is some people understanding this verse differently than the way it is written. Instead of how it reads, I’ve heard it preached,”The Lord maketh rich,” instead of focusing on the blessings this verse speaks about.
It’s the “blessing of the Lord” that makes rich. To some, this might mean that the blessing IS the riches, akin to a money bag falling in front of you from the sky. Bear in mind, should the Lord will to do that, he certainly could. However, I don’t think that’s what the Lord is trying to convey to us in this scripture.
I believe this dives much deeper than the realm of “stuff.” In Revelation, Jesus told the church of Laodicea a thing or two about what he can see, verses what they thought they had.
They thought they were rich, yet they were poor. They thought they were doing well, yet they were wretched and miserable. They thought they could see, yet they were blind. They thought they were covered, yet they were naked.
Jesus told them, to get these things that they lacked from him. The blessings of the Lord are from the Lord. It is these blessings from him, that cause for us to be rich in whatever area that the Lord’s blessed us with. Rich doesn’t have to mean financially set for life.
How about a smile from ear to ear that you have good reason to enjoy? How about living a rich, full life as the Lord has intended? What about living moments that you are sure, will transform into fond memories? Riches don’t make us rich, the blessings of the Lord do.
Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness. Both, not just one or the other. The Father knows all that we need and want, and will take care of whatever he needs to. But we need to stay focused on the Lord in spirit and in truth.
One thing that I’d like to point out is, we do play a hand in what we decide to do with the blessings of the Lord. Actually, a major focus of Proverbs, may just be, to search out the wisdom, guidance, knowledge, understanding, and willingness, to do what the Lord would have us do, with all that he’s blessed us with.
Personally, I don;t think any of us have a clue about what being rich is on this side of eternity. It boggles my imagination trying to think on what the Father has prepared for those who love him!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 6: King James Bible
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
John 4: King James Bible
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Revelation 3: King James Bible
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see.
All good things come from you, and too often we might not be looking toward you and your blessings for what you’ve set apart for us to enjoy. Lord, we come to you, and ask for the gold that has been tried in the fire, we ask for that white raiment, and that our eyes be anointed with eye-salve, that we may see all that you’d have us see. With all that you’ve given, and all that you’ll give, please include the wisdom and understanding to do with all what you will for us to do. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever caught yourself abusing the blessings of the Lord?