IT’S WISDOM YOU NEED, NOT RICHES

Riches and honour are with me (wisdom), enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God)” (Proverbs 8:18 AMP).

The scriptures record the Lord’s passionate plea to His children, in the eighth chapter of Proverbs, to seek wisdom rather than riches. In summary, Proverbs 8:18, means, “I can give you everything you desire and much more!” (Paraphrase mine). The Lord is not impressed by how much money you have in the bank, the number of cars you possess, the size of your mansion or the quality of your clothing. He’s more concerned about the salvation of your soul; He wants your heart to seek passionately after Him and not after earthly gain

I’m yet to meet anybody who wouldn’t like to prosper in life. The desire to prosper and be successful is an intrinsic quality of man. This is why many people spend most of their lives chasing after riches, wealth or fame, just to satisfy this urge to succeed. Contrary to that of the world which is void of righteousness, riches that comes from the Lord is with honour and righteousness. No wonder the Bible says, “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked” (Psalm 37:16). That’s not all, for there’s more to the Lord’s riches!

The riches of the Lord produce enduring wealth. In other words, you’ll live in perpetual and permanent prosperity. I’ve seen people who, at a certain time in their lives, had everything going for them but later lost everything. The reason is that their wealth wasn’t based on God’s Word: “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:4-5). You have to put your trust in God to walk in the prosperity that will last you a life time.

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