Proverbs 13: 21 – ‘Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.’
God’s word indicates that for those who choose to live a sinful life, they can expect to be pursued by misfortune. Bad luck, disaster, trouble or adversities will chase the sinner. What a horrible image! This should perhaps be enough of a reason for people to not want to lead a sinful life.
This verse doesn’t promise a life free of adversity if we choose to follow Christ. What it does indicate however, is that the righteous person is rewarded with prosperity.
How can we be righteous? Certainly not by anything we do of ourselves! But through a relationship with Christ, we are deemed righteous in God’s eyes. And because of this, God indicates that we are to be given wealth, affluence and success – prosperity.
Reward of the Righteous
Whether or not you seek wealth in life, God’s word indicates that if you have a relationship with him, He will provide it! What a wonderful thing to know! It is then up to us as stewards of what God has blessed us with, to invest it wisely, watch it increase and use it to bless others.
You may argue – but I’m not wealthy! Consider for a moment – do you have what you need? Do you have more than this? If so, then this is wealth. It may not be a ridiculous amount; it may not even be noticeable unless you look closely. However, if you have more than you need, then you have wealth.
Wealth tip – establish a separate bank account for your child. If you put away $10 a week for 18 years, this totals $9,360 dollars for a deposit, education or something else. If you invested $10 a week for 18 years at 5% interest, this would total in excess of $14,600 at the end.
- Free Faith Resource – The 7 Day Prayer Warrior Experience (Free One Week Devotional on Kindle)