Proverbs 16: King James Bible
Little with Righteousness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter sixteen, Verse 8
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Little with Righteousness
I read this, and have a feeling that it is easily misunderstood. Particularly, when read without taking a pause and see what it is, and isn’t saying.
What the verse above isn’t saying, is that righteousness yields little, or if you have little, you must be righteous. Nor does it mean, if you have little, you must be more righteous than the folks who have great revenues.
One of the biggest complaints I have, is when people demonize others who are doing better financially than they are. Griping over someone because they’ve got stuff or money. There’s nothing wrong with having stuff, not is there anything wrong with having money.
I believe that when it comes to these kinds of things, we being members of the Body of Christ, should keep our heads down and our mouths shut, if we find ourselves making such distinctions. The road to becoming covetous is an easy road to travel, and causes us to develop roots of bitterness.
The real question about here is, if someone has wealth, how did they get it? Was it ill gotten, or obtained without right, as the verse above points out? Is it based on a lie, taking advantage of people, or through the misfortunes of others? It matters to the Lord how we get what we get, and it makes an enormous impact, in our spiritual lives.
What comes to mind, is the price gouging different business took part in, when the need of the people was great, and suffering was ample in the immediate days following Hurricane Harvey. I believe that is a great example, of gain without right.
40-90 dollars for a case of water… Don’t think for a second that this didn’t go unnoticed by the Father, and if anyone should be falling on their face in repentance, it should be the decision makers for these different businesses.
The verse above is saying, that it is better to have little in righteousness, because if you’re righteous, you’re in right standing with the Father. Anything is better in righteousness, wouldn’t you say?
But particularly compared to those who are not righteous, life is much easier. What I mean is, you can have all of the bells and whistles of life. Cars, several different houses, maids, butlers, someone to do everything for you, and more money than you can spend in a lifetime, can not provide simple ingredients for life, which only comes by way of righteousness.
That would be a clear conscience, a sure future or determined end, hope, and peace of mind, and a great anticipation for that which is to come, provided for us by the Father. These things don’t come with stuff, or the money to get stuff. Particularly when you’re out of the will of the Father, and have wrongdoing eating away at your soul.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 25: King James Bible
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
1 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
2 Corinthians 8: King James Bible
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
1 Timothy 4: King James Bible
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Thank you for everything that you’ve prepared for us to look forward to, and keep us in constant remembrance of these things. Grant to us all that you’d will for us to have, and may we use everything that you’ve put at our disposal, for you and as your servants, not against you or your intentions. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you noticed how much better it can be, to have little with righteousness, vs gain wrongfully obtained?
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