Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 26, 2015

“Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings 10:14-29.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“14 Now the weight of gold which came in to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, 15 besides that from the traders and the wares of the merchants and all the kings of the Arabs and the governors of the country.  16 King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold, using 600 shekels of gold on each large shield.  17 He made 300 shields of beaten gold, using three minas of gold on each shield, and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.  18 Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with refined gold.  19 There were six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.  20 Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other;  nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.  21 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None was of silver; it was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon.  22 For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram;  once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

23 So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.  24 All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.  25 They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.”  1 Kings 10:14-25.

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We, Reformed Christians in the United States, don’t like to say that we are rich.  We may even preach or teach or at least nod our head in agreement against “a prosperity gospel”, but we are certainly willing to receive the considerable riches and wealth that come our way.  If we have to say anything, we will “admit” that we are “comfortable”. 
 
In one sense, that is appropriate humility.  And, there certainly are false “prosperity gospels” out there.  There are many rich people who do not have a Godly wisdom and who love their money and who are unrighteous.

But, in another sense, such mere “comfortableness” does not appropriately recognize that riches and wealth can be a blessing from God often flowing from wisdom, another blessing from God.

Today’s Scripture focuses on the riches of King Solomon and his wisdom.  So, we are going to focus on some Scripture that teach us that the reward of wisdom and being righteous are riches and wealth.

“18 “Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.”  Proverbs 8:18-21.

“Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.”  Proverbs 3:16.

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.”  Proverbs 22:4.

“Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.”  Proverbs 15:6.

If God truly does bless with riches and wealth, then we do not need to nervously walk around life, so to speak, as if we are walking on egg shells or waiting for the other shoe to drop. 

“Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor;  this is the gift of God.  For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 5:19-20.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,”  1 Corinthians 2:12.

So, what should our response be to such riches and wealth?
 
We should give thanks to God, enjoy what God has given to us, and help others. 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Psalm 136:1.

“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:  to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him;  for this is his reward.”  Ecclesiastes 5:18.

“… Freely you received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8.

“3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright;
He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
6 For he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.”  Psalm 112:3-6.

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