Riches Without Sorrow

22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich. And He adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)

In today’s world, people think of riches in a very limited way. In China, some people shared the view that they prefer to cry in a BMW than to laugh on a trishaw. This is a way of saying that they prefer riches with sorrow than poverty with happiness.

On the other extreme, we have theological infested people think that it is better to be happy than to be rich.

In both cases, we can see a common theme in their thoughts. Both sides see riches and happiness as mutual exclusive. Yet, if you read the above verse, you can see that God does not share their views. In God’s view, riches and happiness come together. When the Lord blesses people, he made them both rich and happy.

This is what a Christian life is supposed to be, rich and happy. Unlike the carnal people, we don’t have to choose either one. We can have both.

Knowing this truth will set us free from the lies of theology. We do not have to be ashamed of our desire to be rich. Since God himself is not ashamed in wanting us to be rich, why should we be?

It is time for us to live boldly for the Lord. It is the will of our God for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. Let us move forward in this direction. Let us prepare ourselves to receive the abundance of wealth and health the Lord has planned for us.

Please note also that the above verse does not come with the conditions relating to the state of the world’s economy. In other words, God wants us to be rich regardless of whether the economy is good or bad.

It is also independent from the believer’s capability and qualifications. As long as the Lord is your God, he will make you rich even if the situation around you looks impossible for him to do so. The Lord has been God for quite a long time. Our role is to trust him and believe that he knows how to do his job.

In conclusion, God is on our side. He wants us to be rich and happy. Our role is to align ourselves to his will. Let us look forward to the abundance of riches and happiness coming our way.

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The Power Of Babel

6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Genesis 11:6 (NIV)

I have not been writing for quite some time because I have been too busy at work. For this article, I really have to make time to write.

This is the second time I write on the above passage. In the first article, I have a lot of comments from my readers quoting many verses from the rest of the Bible on how great and powerful God is. However, I was not reading other parts of the Bible. I was reading Genesis 11.

Likewise, I shall base my analysis on what was written on this chapter.

I find this chapter very encouraging because it contains the admission from the Almighty God himself on how mighty our species can be when we are truly united. It also reveals that God himself has given us too much power.

Let me start with the background.

After the flood, humanity begun to thrive. They were united and their unity gave them great powers. If you read the first part of Genesis 11, you will find that they were quite democratic. They were not forced by anyone. The decision to build a tower was agreed willingly. They wanted a tower as a centre of their civilization. Based on today’s norm, it is quite normal. So, why is there a fuss?

How do you think God would have responded if you have never read this chapter? I would have thought God to ignore them. After all, what can some puny humans do by building a tower? God should not have waste this time on them.

However, God responded differently.

6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Genesis 11:6-7 (NIV)

Was God drunk? Was he high on drugs? Did he have mental problems?

If you can believe that God can never be drunk, on drugs or suffer from any mental disorder, you got to admit that he was terrified, if not worried from the activities of those humans.

What was he afraid of? Based on his own words, it seems that God was afraid those people became too powerful. God was concerned that their common language gave them unity. This, in turn would have propel them to state where nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Wow, I like to be one of them, if God did not mess up their potential.

In fact, God was so afraid that he took immediate action to confuse their language and the rest is history.

Let us stop and think for a while. If these people (who are our ancestor) can be so powerful (based on God’s own testimony) even though they have no regards to God, how much more for believers like us who are on God’s side.

This simply means that God has given us the potential to achieve great things even things that are thought to be “impossible”. In short, we are designed to achieve anything we want no matter how impossible it seems.

Those people in the passage belong to the same species as us. If they can reach the state where nothing is impossible for them, why not you and me? Just remember to be on God’s side so that he will not confuse your language.

In conclusion, I am convinced beyond doubt that as a member of the human species, I have the potential to reach the state that nothing is impossible for me. Since God is with me, who can be against me?