Prosperity Is In The Process
Posted: Wednesday, September 25
Verse of the day:
3 A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense.
4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables..
King Solomon was renowned as one of the wisest and richest people who ever lived. In Proverbs 24:3-4, he basically said three things are essential for obtaining and maintaining prosperity: wisdom, good sense and knowledge. Each of these three efforts require time and effort to develop, but we can easily overlook them a mad dash to “get rich quick.” Our personal desire for more now and the consumerism of our society often compel us to seek opportunities for prosperity with little or no process. Just think of our lottery system. Yet, we rarely consider that the benefits of the process could be more valuable than the end result we want to rush towards.
Solomon identified three key attributes needed to obtain and maintain wealth using the analogy of building a home. He said a house is “built by wisdom” (v.4). Wisdom is gained through personal experience or by learning from the experiences of others. The latter requires us to seek out and listen to people who have been in our current position and can be trusted to give good advice. Most important, Solomon’s definition of wisdom begins with the “fear of God.” Having a relationship with God and an understanding of His word will ensure we adopt true wisdom.
Next, Solomon said a house “becomes strong through good sense.” Good sense could also be understood as good judgement, or decision-making. Making decisions is hard, but the good news is that we can lean in to the wisdom of God, His word, and trusted counsel to help us.
Finally, Solomon said “knowledge” is what fills the room of home with “riches and valuables.” We need to take the time to properly educate ourselves about any area of life in which we want to be successful. This may require schooling and reading trustworthy books and other sources of information. Yet, these sources are limited, because they often can’t tell us what to do in unforeseen situations. But God has unlimited knowledge and can speak into our lives through His Holy Spirit.
Developing all these attributes won’t necessarily guarantee us the prosperity we may initially be seeking, or what our culture would identify as valuable. Yet, none of these traits, once developed, could ever be taken away from us. More importantly, developing them as Solomon described means we’ve also developed a close relationship with Christ. A relationship with Jesus is more valuable than anything.
The next time we find ourselves rushing to earn the next prize of life, consider that God might be using the process to make us rich beyond our imagination.