Keys to Prosperity — God, the Fear of God, and Self-Discipline

The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life (Prov. 22:4) This verse repeats Prov. 21:20-21—“Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

We learn key principles on how to find riches, honor, and life. First, seek righteousness and you will find righteousness. Second, be kind to others and you will find life and honor. Third, be humble and fear God and you will find riches and life.

Does it mean that if you are good, God will make you rich? Compare Prov. 21:20 with Prov. 21:17.

  • Prov. 21:20, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
  • Prov. 21:17, “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Thus, we learn a fourth principle. Word hard, discipline yourself, and stop spending your money on pleasure and parties, and you will be rich. Lose self-discipline with your money, and you will be like the foolish man who devours his money.

There is a fifth principle to finding riches, honor, and life. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them (Prov. 22:3, 5). Guard your soul, watch out for danger signs, and avoid it, and you will find riches, honor, and life.

Prosperity is not so much about the pursuit of money, but the pursuit of God and His ways in your life. Prosperity is about God, about yourself, and about your relationship with God.

Prosperity comes with humility before God in the fear of God. It comes with diligence and self-discipline. Prosperity comes when you guard your soul. It comes when you avoid the crooked ways of sin. It comes when you follow the straight ways of God.


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