Words from the Heart for Friday November 10th, 2017
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 22:4 (NKJV)
Riches and Honour and Life
The Book of Proverbs has already made a link between humility and the fear of the Lord. The things that matter most are gained only by choosing the Lord’s ways. A heart of pride will cause us to fall. The price of deceit and lies is too great when measured against eternity. Thank you, Lord, that Your ways really are the best.
Oxfam released their annual report on the distribution of global wealth this past January and it shows that two Canadian billionaires own the same amount of wealth as one third of all Canadians. Media magnate David Thomson and Holt Renfrew owner Galen Weston are worth a collective $33.1 billion US dollars. That’s equivalent to the collective net worth of 30 per cent of Canadians. On a global scale, eight businessmen control the same amount of wealth as the 3.6 billion people.
The size of a person’s financial portfolio is usually, in the eyes of the world, a mark of a person’s value. As usual, the principles of the kingdom of God turn the principles of the world on its head. King Solomon writes this in Proverbs 22:4, “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.” In the kingdom of God, what makes a person wealthy are humility and the fear of the Lord. It doesn’t lead to financial wealth or material gain, but to honour and fullness of life. These are the things that those who have become financially secure still long for. They are what every follower of Christ experiences when Jesus comes into their lives by faith. Humility and the fear of the Lord are the foundation of our relationship to Christ. The Holy Spirit births in us the deep sense of need for a Saviour. That is the humility. An overwhelming sense of God’s justice and love drives us to call out to Him. And when we reach out in faith to Christ, He pours life into our dead souls. That is true wealth.
These have been words from the heart.