I Want to be Rich!!!

Posted: 07/30/2008 in Devotions
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“There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”

– Proverbs 13:7

So the logical conclusion to this proverb is that material possessions have nothing to do with whether we are rich or poor.

One who has great possessions can still be poor due to the fact that he desires more; He isn’t satisfied with what he has. He still lacks, and thus Scripture calls him “poor”.

One can be rich though he has nothing because God Himself is his treasure. His Word, His Promises bring him satisfaction, and thus despite his “poverty” he is rich because of who God is for him. He is a child of the King who owns all things.

Which category do you fall into? Are you rich or poor?

I was simply amazed when I read this proverb. I immediately thought of the apostle Paul who wrote the Philippian church from prison. In his chains he writes, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:11-13

Paul was a rich man… Imprisoned and chained, though having nothing he was rich! Why? Because of Jesus. Jesus the Redeemer, made Paul a child of God. Through Jesus we have adoption, and thus have all the rights and privileges as children! What a great inheritance we have! Oh what peace, joy, freedom we have! We are indeed rich if we treasure Him.

J. C. Hahne

  1. Gene says:

    Papa Geno (Paredes) say:

    “I am rich in proportion to the things I can do without.”

    Just like we don’t strive enough for “true” pleasure (think C.S. Lewis quote), we don’t think enough about what it is to be truly rich. We as Christians don’t get rich, we become more and more aware of just how wealthy we are. Thanks for the encouragement!

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