“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”
I have often heard the phrase, “Anything worth having is worth working for.” I totally agree. Oftentimes, when we are allowed to enjoy things that we have not worked for, we become disconnected from reality. You know, when a teenager gets his/her first car without having to have good grades or give any money towards the down payment. They tend to become less appreciative as the newness wears off. They make no connection of appreciation with the reality that they have received something of great value that did not cost them anything.
On the other hand, when a teenager has worked and finally saved up the money to buy a vehicle, they demonstrate an added sense of pride. They feel good about their accomplishment. They dream of ways to fix up their vehicle, they tend to keep it clean and they are not embarrassed that it may be ten to fifteen years old. They are just glad that their saving efforts have finally helped them to realize their dream. Regardless of the struggles and the delays, they are grateful.
When we achieve what we have worked for, there is a certain sense of pride and accomplishment that we feel. We can look over our journey and see how we were able to persevere through difficulties in order to reach our goals.
While working and waiting for the dream to come to fruition, God is steadily working on us. He uses that waiting time to help develop our character. If we allow Him, He will teach us and increase our wisdom, knowledge and understanding in many areas. He will help us to learn:
· He is our ultimate source
· how to patiently wait for the promise
· the importance of strategic planning
· essentials of time management
· to develop a good work ethic
· to put confidence in no man
· God is our ultimate source
· many, many, more lessons if we are teachable
There is a wealthy place that God is calling all of us to. God desires to see us prosper. When we work diligently in the marketplace and in the Kingdom of God, we can expect a great reward that brings more than wealth. We can expect an increase of God’s wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.