a little with the fear of the
Lord, than great treasure with trouble. Better is
a dinner of herbs
where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:16-17(NKJV)
Great treasure doesn’t guaranty happiness just
as spending money at a Michelin restaurant might not necessarily guaranty a
great time. It’s all about context. While we might desire the pleasures that
great treasure is able to provide, our pathway into the treasure determines whether
we enjoy it or not.
Jacob deceived his father to obtain a blessing
that should have gone to his older brother, the result of his action was he had
to leave home in a hurry for the fear of his brother or better still the fear
of the repercussions of his actions, twenty years later, he was still afraid of
meeting his brother. How about Judas who betrayed his master for 30 pieces of
silver and in the end couldn’t live with himself, he threw away his fortune and
took his own life.
The end doesn’t justify the means, if ever
there’s anything you want at all cost, project into the future and imagine
yourself having it at the expense of health, chastity, values, family, relationship,
conscience etc. Chances are the whole experience leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.
Some things aren’t worth the cost we pay for them.
In the words of the great teacher, the carpenter from
Nazareth; “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet
forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
The moral of this proverb is, if followed
through, the fear of the Lord does lead to greatness and true riches.