HIS BLESSINGS MAKE RICH
BY: RAY PRINZING
"the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it." (Proverbs 10:22)
A proverb has been defined as a short sentence founded upon long experience." How true this statement, "He added no sorrow," for our experience has proven again and again that when the blessing of the Lord is given, He does not increase our sorrow also. In fact, the blessing of the Lord will cause all other sorrows to fade and diminish. Our trials hardly seem like trials when we are conscious of the blessing of the Lord.
As best as we have been able to search out, "the blessing of the Lord" is the only thing given which does not increase our sorrow also.
The wise man said, "I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under haven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. - For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow." (Ecclesiastes 1:13-14, 18)
Such is the travail given to the sons of men, with the increase of anything in this world, comes the increase of sorrow. There is a corresponding pain and grief which accompanies any earthly advance. Why? To balance the score and hold in check. If one cannot bear the additional load of responsibility, with its pain, tension, frustration, etc. he has to forego the advancement also, for to increase the one, is to increase the other.
Paul found that even an increase in revelation, brought an increase of sorrow, "Least I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh." (2 Corinthians 12:7) Thus the interplay of good and evil, to maintain a balance through all processings.
But there is that which maketh rich, and adds not sorrow, and it is the BLESSING OF THE LORD. Therefore we pray that He shall "bless you with spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3) Amen!