Verse of the Day Devotion: Proverbs 15:16
“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.” – Proverbs 15:16
This verse sometimes has been looked at in the wrong way. It is not saying the poverty is better the affluence. I have heard of many wealthy individuals who are quite content with humble goods. The founder of Walmart, Sam Walton is a great example of what I am referring to. He was considered one of the richest, if not the richest man. In the United States. At the time of his death in 1992, he had a net worth was around 6 billion dollars. That was a good chunk of change back then. However, it is said that he did not flaunt it. He would drive a pickup around, many times simply wearing jeans and a shirt. And, he served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher at his church, teaching high school age students. And it is said he also was very generous in his giving, too.
Now, too often, people look at what they have and are discontent because they do not have all that they want. Many times, however, they can be discontent not have all that others have as well. I have known many people who desire to be seen as rich, and therefore spend an exorbitant amount of money in the process. Unfortunately, the really do not have the money, so they go deeply into debt. They buy a Jaguar instead of a Chevrolet, and a mansion instead of a simple house. What does this do? It causes them to be anxious as the bills start to pile up, and many times they are unable to retire at a reasonable age because of the immense debt they have compiled.
This is what the writer of our focus verse is speaking about. “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it.” Proverbs 15:16. It is not wealth and affluence that truly satisfies, it is communion and fellowship with God, living a life pleasing to Him, and giving Him the praise and worship, He is worthy of. Things may satisfy for a season, bur soon they lose their luster, and we need to get more things to satisfy us again. And this goes on and on and on. Unless we choose to find our satisfaction in the one who made us, loves us, and has an incredible eternal future planned for us which we cannot even begin to understand. As Paul said, “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9. And He has already revealed them to us through His Spirit. “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10. However, we must have our eyes open to what God is telling us.
Worldly treasures can be good, as long as they are kept in their place. They should never usurp God’s place in our lives. They can never satisfy us the way He can. In fact, they can be the cause of many troubles in our life. So, keep this is mind as you go about your business. Having a few things with the love and fear of God in your life, is far better than a life without Him.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.