The blessing of the LORDmakes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
Perhaps the best way to understand this proverb is to contrast the blessing of the Lord with the blessing of the wicked. For they do offer blessing. The forbidden woman offers sensual blessings. If you join with them, the wicked offer the spoils from oppressing the poor, from taking advantage of the weak and the gullible, and from stealing. The worldly offer to bless you with earthly fame, money, and entertainment. They all offer to make you rich, and some of them are quite sincere, for they actually believe they live the blessed life.
But be sure that with such blessing will come sorrow. And it is not the sorrow that may come upon us because of the troubles that life throws at us. It is not the sorrow of being victim to the wickedness of others. It is the sorrow of knowing that we have lived for nothing. It is the sorrow of realizing that in the end no one cares whether we had lived or died, for we gave nothing of any value. Indeed, what we did give brought sorrow to others, for we blessed others with the blessing we received.
A person can weather much sorrow if he believes that he has been truly blessed. He can live in poverty if he knows that he is actually rich. Like the Apostle Paul, he can suffer much and yet attest that the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:14).
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