Easy Come, Easy Go

by Gavin Tsuda on May 30, 2021

Scripture

Proverbs 13:11-Wealth obtained from nothing dwindles, But one who gathers by labor increases it."

Observation

Easy money never lasts. The Hebrew word for "nothing" in this translation is "Hebel",  which also translates into English as vapor or breath. During Christs' temptation, the devil showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world that had been handed over to him. He would give it to Jesus if Jesus would bow down to him. This was something that was seemingly simple, but the price was enormous. Satan never mentions to Jesus what that price is. When Adam was cursed as he was leaving the garden, God said that it would be by his labor and sweat that he would eat. As Adam entered the world as we know it, God's word never changed.

Application

The devil always has a shortcut that may seem to circumvent God's plans, but there is always a price to pay. Gain sought for the sole purposes of satisfying our fleshly desires does not come from the Lord. When that gain comes too easily, we should always beware. Check the source through prayer. Whenever it appears that we gain something for nothing, there is actually always something being paid. The price may not be in-kind, and may even be hidden. I've embraced the old-fashioned ways of learning a skill, working hard, saving what I have earned, and living within my means. God has always multiplied what I earned and allowed me to have enough in this life. I have been blessed. My family and I have decided that we are not living for the comforts and riches of this life but in eternity. We still enjoy what God provides to us, but I have learned to measure success differently. Measuring success in God's kingdom is not always about seeking the greatest cash return. Our return on investment is always measured in souls.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for all that you have provided to me and my family. Thank you for the abundant blessings that we have. It is only through you that we have what we have. All I have belongs to you for the saving of souls. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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