Proverbs 16:8: Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.
First, this is what God wants and has shown has through the Lord Jesus from his birth (on a stable) to his temptations (not turning stone into bread), to his ministry (not soft pillow for his head, no extra purse), to his death (did not use his power to save himself from harm), to his burial (a borrowed tomb), and to his resurrection (did not bring anything to heaven). He has reserved a day though, when he will sit on His throne and give the kingdom back to God (after defeating all enemies including death).
Second, godliness has both a temporal and eternal rewards. This verse remind me of my wife's uncle (I have shared with you when we had Prov. 15:16) who, from our standard of belief, was not a disciple of Christ. But he never used his position and opportunity to bring stolen wealth to his home so his children could feast around their table. He might have thought of "karma." For us who follow Christ, we look at godliness as having both earthly and heavenly rewards. Elsewhere in the Word of God says this “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:7-9 (NLT2). The bottom line for godliness as much better is that it provides deep contentment because of the work and presence in the life of an eternal source of wealth that doesn't spoil--Jesus Christ.
Imelda my wife frequently concludes our morning devotions on the book of Proverbs with this word: "Just be righteous."
Happy Friday everyone.
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