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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4 Responses to “Riches Without Sorrow”

  1. Yogi's Playground Says:

    Amen to that!! Heaven is not in a recession!!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  2. jonny Says:

    Hi. This proverb should be translated as :
    “It is the blessing of YHWH that enriches,
    and no amount of toil can increase it.”
    Although many of the proverbs encourage a hardworking attitude, this seems to indicate that Solomon advises us against overdoing it and working ourselves to the bone chasing after wealth that “sprouts wings and flies away.”

  3. Amanda Says:

    Just came across this list of articles and I just read a few of them – I agree with all that Yeap Chee Seng says. I believe that I’m on the path of becoming a millionaire and I long for the proof in my bank account and zero credit card statements that I have achieved that status within the next couple of years. But my road has been hard for 3 years (36 months) and my natural eyes don’t see my bank account growing bigger and credit card debt getting smaller, so I’m wondering if I heard God correctly tell me that is what I’m supposed to pursue. But this article helps me put into perspective that if I BELIEVE that God told me to pursue wealth so I can help others EVEN MORE than I can help them now, then I WILL achieve my wealthy millionaire status sooner than later. God HAS been doing His job of being God for a REALLY long time, so why would he STOP NOW WITH ME???


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