Riches: Cogitating On The Meaning Of Proverbs 10:22 – Pastor Chukwuemeka Asiegbu

Riches Are Not The Blessing:

“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Provb 10:22 (KJV)

RichesLet me start by clarifying what the quotation above didn’t say. And that is, it didn’t say that the blessing of the LORD is riches, but the blessing of the LORD adds, makes or brings riches. This implies that the blessing is not riches. Therefore, one can confidently say that the blessing is not riches, and that it can stand alone without riches.

And it is important to say that riches cannot stand without the blessing. Also, that the blessing however, is the cause whereas the riches are the effects.

The quotation above went ahead to categorize the nature of the riches the blessing adds, that it doesn’t add sorrows. This suggests that there are riches that add sorrow, but the riches from the Lord’s blessing cannot add sorrow. Deducing from the quotation above again, one can equally say that is not every riches that comes from the blessing.

This means that riches can come from the blessing and can as well come from another source. On this note, how to differentiate the riches that come from the blessing is that it cannot add sorrows.

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What The Blessing Is Called:

This blessing is called “the blessing of the LORD”, which specifically indicates that it comes from the LORD. And as a matter of fact, the other blessings that add riches with sorrows can come from another source. The key is that the blessing from the LORD is defined in the quotation above as the blessing that adds riches without sorrows. The fact to consider here is that if the blessing of the LORD is not riches, what does it mean? Again, considering the fact that it is called “the blessing” and not a blessing indicates that it is unique in nature.

The uniqueness and fastidiousness of the blessing is attached to the source of it. The source is God and the reverse is the case if the source is from something other than God. If the blessing of God adds riches, it is therefore a fulcrum that empowers riches in line with God’s purpose. Because if the blessing is coming from God; is a placement that is rooted within the counsel of God’s will. So we have seen that the evidence of the blessing is the manifestation of riches. However, before we look at what the riches stand for let’s continue to see more of what the blessing is.

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Is Important To Understand What The Blessing Is:

Here, it is important to note that the blessing doesn’t come to anyone as in a physical or tangible thing.  From what we’ve seen so far, it comes in form of declaration or utterance from either God or man. “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen 12:2). Suffice it to say that blessing in most cases if not all the time comes from a source or authority that is higher than the receiver (Gen 12:2, 27:12). This is possible because heat will always flow from a higher concentrated point to lower concentrated point. Therefore it must be the higher that blesses, in other words the least cannot bless the higher.

How And Where The Blessing Emanates:

Furthermore, it is interesting to know that the higher doesn’t necessarily mean the bigger in shape or structure. And not the elder in the family structure, but he that has the authority. Authority here again speaks volume, in the sense that authority to bless is where the issue stands. This is because no one can declare blessing upon someone if the authority is not bestowed upon him. Where such happens, it will definitely become a futile exercise because authority is what makes the blessing effective (Gen 12:2).

If blessing emanates from an authorized source; it means that it has an invisible force backing it up. As earlier stated, blessing is a declaration or an utterance this makes it a spoken word. And as a spoken word; done without a strenuous physical effort; yet it carries an effective force backing it. This force invades the environment of the receiver and begins to cause dynamic changes that every other forces around sometime cannot have an answer to. This however, depends on the ability of the receiver to rightly position himself (Gen 27:35 – 36).

What Makes The Blessing Effective:

This also indicates that sometimes if not all the time the effectiveness and actualization of the blessing depends on the standing of the receiver. This has so much to do with the attitude of the receiver towards what he has received. That is why it is not good to cast pearls on swine, which of course will become a wasted opportunity. The implication of this; is that a generation can be wasted because the blessing carrier didn’t stand rightly.

In conclusion, it is important to understand that the blessing of the Lord will never add sorrow. So any blessing that comes with sorrow is not from God. Also, is important for the receiver of the blessing to stand rightly and position himself for it. That the blessing though a spoken words, it carries a dynamic force that can cause a glorious change in a life time.

Chukwuemeka C. Asiegbu is the Pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry. He has authored many books such as “The Earth Is From Nothing”, “Man”, “The Power Of Light” etc. He has also written many Christian related articles. You can always contact him here

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