This passage is a touchy subject, or perhaps for some.
The blessing of the Lord is what makes people rich, and he doesn’t mix sorrow with it.Proverbs 10:22
I was hesitant to write about it because I knew many people are suffering in poverty these days. I could see them just a walk away from where I live. Though I know I am blessed and very fortunate, I could not even consider myself rich or wealthy. I, too, have my fair share of financial struggles and challenges both in business and personal life. Yet, again, I am truly blessed.
With this short Bible passage came several questions and thoughts:
The blessing of the Lord is what makes people rich.
If the blessing of the Lord is what makes people rich, who makes the wicked rich? The druglords? The dirty politicians?
Are they truly rich or just financially rich (wealthy)? What does rich mean in this passage’s context?
He doesn’t mix sorrow with it.
How many times do I receive a tremendous blessing in life only to ponder afterward what might come next? Somehow, I become wary when I feel privileged or blessed. Is this an Asian mentality? Or is this prevalent even in western cultures? The notion that says, “Don’t be too happy today, for tomorrow you shall be sad; don’t be too sad today, for tomorrow you’ll be happy.” With that said, when can we truly experience happiness? Whereas the Bible says something contrary: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34).”
I know we may have a different interpretation of what rich is. What does rich mean in this Bible verse’s context?
It is one thing to read and understand what the Bible passage means. However, living life based on that passage’s meaning seems to be a lot difficult and contradicting. It just shows that I genuinely did not comprehend it.
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