Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Wise Life is the Blessed Life

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding (Proverbs 3:13).

The conventional view of a blessed life is one that is full of earthly temporal gifts, such as a well-respected profession, marriage and family. While such things may be gifts, they are merely temporal. What good are they if they do not make one to be rich in Christ, by making one serve Christ more faithfully, adding to one's heavenly riches?

True riches, the only true riches, are heavenly riches which come only by serving Christ and loving Christ.

The Bible says that the blessed life is one that is wise. Only by wisdom does one knows what direction one should live to please God to live a righteous life. To be blessed to be favoured by God because of living righteously before Him. Righteousness gives true joy and peace. The wise life is the blessed life. It is one characterised by constant learning, and understanding, leading to greater understanding and wisdom day by day.

Having all the things in the world, even if they are good gifts, is not a sign of favour with God, or that one is wise. The kindness that God shows to people is often to draw them to repentance, and not a sign that they are right with God, and therefore favoured by God: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4).

Do not be ensnared by the devil into thinking that having more earthly temporal gifts is a sign of greater blessing. Possessing any earthly gift is not a sign of blessing.