Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eccl. 5:19 What is wealth from God?


Eccl. 5:19  And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it.  To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God.

What is wealth from God?  I believe it is far more than material wealth.  It may include that, but not necessarily so.  There are a multitude of believers who have never enjoyed the riches of earth and never will.  Wealth from God is far more precious than the things of earth. 

Wealth from God begins with a relationship with Him.  It is knowing that our sins are forgiven, forgotten, and forsaken.  It is living in peace with God and man.  It is the wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit who actively works within us to keep us on a holy path to God.  It is a hope that is certain, built on the promises of God himself.  It is access to His Word and the understanding He gives us as we read it.  It is the convicting work of the Holy Spirit when we sin against God.  It is God’s mercy and grace.  It is the fellowship of other believers to encourage us, teach us, and inspire us to a deeper walk with Him.  Wealth from God is everything He provides for us to have eternal life.

Wealth from God does indeed often include the blessings of life on earth.  We owe to God our resources for living, our health, our work, and our gifts to do the work He gives us to do.  We are so blessed to be who we are and to do what we do.  It should cause all of us to daily be grateful for our lives.  We don’t know how long our health will hold up and we don’t know when changes will come in our lives that will drive us to our knees in despair; so we need to enjoy all that the Lord provides daily with thanksgiving and praise. 

Most of us will face adversity in life.   Things do not always go the way we want them to or the way they have gone before.  The Lord sometimes withholds His blessings from us so that we will depend on Him and not our blessings.  Sometimes we have to lose what we have in order to appreciate God and what He gives.  We grow the most in faith through adversity, not through affluence.

Dear friend, no matter what your circumstances may be today, accept it with gratitude before God.  Fix your eyes upon the Lord and praise Him for His blessings.  Learn what He is teaching you in this moment of your life.  If you have much, use what you have to honor the Lord and serve Him.  If you have little, trust Him for all that you need to see you through.  He will supply all your needs as you walk by faith in Him.

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