“It ain’t much, but it’s an honest living.” This statement has been used so much that it’s now trending on the internet as a joke! People have turned it into memes and all sorts of internet fodder. But what exactly is an honest living? What does it look like to provide, to work, to labor and to live honestly? I would submit to you that Proverbs (and the Bible in general) is full of providential wisdom concerning the blessing of truly providing an honest living. It has everything to do with the way we not only work, but live.
God’s Word tells us in Proverbs 10:22 that, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
What exactly does this mean? What does “the blessing of the Lord” look like in our individual lives?
1. It looks like God’s provision – Matt 6:33
The blessing of the Lord keeps us rich in God’s provision for our needs. It doesn’t come with the heavy chains that Satan and the world attach to those who sell out for it. It comes, first, with righteousness. It comes with joy and peace. “All these things” being added unto us, is the mere byproduct.
2. It looks like unsearchable riches – Eph 3:8 This is a truly profound statement by the Apostle Paul. He calls the riches in Christ, “unsearchable.” We can never exhaust the deep well of the fullness of Jesus Christ. We can dig and find more, dig yet again, and find more. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Christ. This blessing makes wealthy without all the excess burden that worldly wealth brings.
3. It looks like we avoid worldly sorrow – Prov 10:22 This is key and I came back to it for this reason. It unlocks the depth of the wealth offered unto us in God’s riches. I once heard an entrepreneurial billionaire say, “If you had problems before money, you’ll have alot more problems once you have money.” He was onto something there. It’s something God promises not to add to the blessings and riches He provides. Sorrow. Worldly sorrow. The untold burden and headache that comes with having earthly riches, and is entirely void of the joy that only comes from Christ.
So what are you choosing each day? The blessing of the Lord, or the untold sorrow of the world? Only one makes truly rich. The other is fleeting.