The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 KJV
How well do you handle money? This verse adds another layer to whether you are a spender or a saver…the blessing of the Lord. King Solomon understood to walk in God’s favor would bear fruit and increase in your life without sorrow.
Many commentators see Psalm 127:1-2 as a companion verse for further explanation. Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain; unless the LORD protects the city, its watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for bread to eat—for He gives sleep to His beloved. The word “sorrow” can also be translated to toil. Working hard will end up in vain if God is not behind the process.
Solomon understood that it’s not the amount of increase that defines the blessing. If you choose to violate God’s ways (steal, cheat, embezzle, take a little from the company) it will have a negative impact. Look at how Zacchaeus was disdained although he was wealthy.
Also, you can be totally focused on work, gaining more and violate the principle of the sabbath rest or fail to nurture the relationships at home. Jesus said what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Even if you acquire it legally and lots of it, others will have missed you investing in them.
What’s our take away from this verse? The blessing of the Lord anticipates an increase in your life. Part of being entrusted with little includes being a giver and not a hoarder of your money. In other words, as God blesses and you steward giving, He blesses again. Faithful with little, entrusted with much.
God loves increase. His first words to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply. Choose God’s ways and paths for increase (more than money) and see how He fulfills His promise to add no sorrow with it.
May you be blessed to walk in God’s favor of increase.
Blessings, Love y’all