June 15, 2022
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 25:2
What type of riches do you have?
We read in 1 Samuel 25:2:
2 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
The Bible tells us that Nabal was not just rich, but VERY rich. He has a lot of sheep and goats. In today’s world, he could be among the millionaires of our time.
It’s kind of interesting that Nabal was rich in possession, but not rich in character. When you read the rest of the story, we see that Nabal was a foolish man. The Bible described him as “harsh and evil in his doings.”
While I’m not 100% sure, it could be Nabal got rich through trickery and deceit. We don’t know, but what we know is that this man wasn’t someone who will respect others. As a result, this will get him in trouble and eventually, have him struck by Yahweh Himself.
In this regard, I want to ask you, what type of riches do you have? Nabal was definitely rich, but he isn’t rich in the most important aspect of life and that is to be rich in what you are — your character — the one that God puts more importance to.
We read in Matthew 6:19-21:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
We can be rich in material possession, but if we are not rich in Christ, like Nabal, we become fools in our own understanding.
There’s nothing wrong in pursuing earthly possession, but it shouldn’t be our ultimate goal. It should instead be a tool for achieving greater purpose in life.
To learn more, please read, “Lessons from the Life of David: Defeating the GIANTS (Part 1).”
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