Proverbs 16:8 – Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Do you have a lot of stuff? I do. So many of us have plenty even if we do not realize it. When we examine our lives, and we count our many blessings, we begin to understand that we have no room to complain. Even relatively poor people in the United States live in abundance compared to the impoverished communities in many other nations.
We have been blessed greatly by God with resources, skills, and a will to work. This combination of blessing has contributed to a legacy of innovation and production rarely matched in history. Why? God.
Though I am sure that there are innumerable people who would argue this point with me, I am convinced that God has given power to many nations throughout time in order to accomplish His ends. Simply read the Biblical accounts concerning the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and I the Persians, as well as the Greeks and Romans to grasp the inner working of God. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord , as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).
Now just what are we doing with all these blessings? Are we squandering them? Are we consuming them for our own pleasures? It seems that we are wasting and polluting what we should be fostering and stewarding for others. The way that we are going seems right to many, but does the path we are on lead to life or death (Proverbs 16:25)? Jesus Christ put it plainly when He said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Take heed.