Have you ever watched the TV news when the segment is about someone who just won the lottery? Perhaps they won millions. They jump for joy. The can’t believe their good fortune. Immediately they begin to dream about all the things they will purchase with their winnings.
Have you seen the segment of news that shows many of these winners years later? Some have lost it all. Others still have a good deal of their winnings, but admit the money in itself did not bring them lasting happiness. Sometimes, even relationships within family and friendships break apart. What went wrong?
God loves to bless us with riches. Proverbs 10:22 reads, “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”
For some, verses like the above bring confusion because, just as there are many verses about God giving us riches, there are also verses about being content with little. Is this a contradiction? Wonderfully, no; it’s simply a lack of understanding. You see, because we live in the natural with physical things all around us, it’s easy, therefore, to limit our thinking to the natural, but God speaks to us in the supernatural.
The Apostle Paul spoke about having little and yet having much in Philippians 4:11-12, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything…” How could he be content whether he had an abundance or very little? It is because he understood that “the blessing of the Lord makes a person rich.” Paul knew the difference between the natural and the spiritual. He understood that to be rich in the supernatural, made the natural bearable, and it was bearable with a contented heart.
Spiritual riches can be defined as joy unspeakable, full of grace, peace that passes understanding, strength and courage, resting in God in the midst of storm. Riches in the natural can be most pleasant indeed. We all need to pay our bills and eat. Most of us have faced the challenge of living on a budget. It can be stressful when unexpected situations call for money that we don’t have in our possession. Even so, never forget that spiritual riches surpass the difficulties we face in the natural. When we take hold of our spiritual riches, the natural is always tolerable, always peaceful, always full of joy and hope.