by: FCC Staff
“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is crooked though he be rich.”
We think we know what will really make us happy, but we just simply don’t have the means to get it. Have you ever been in that position before? Do you just accept the fact that you simply can’t have it? Yes, I can put that ahead of something else that we may need worse; but in the end, am I really that much happier now because I have it? Sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way; it doesn’t mean that much to me after all. Most times I eventually realize that usually the things that don’t cost much are really things that make me the happiest.
The writer of Proverbs puts it this way—"The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.” (Proverbs 20:7) If our goal is wanting to be pleasing to our God, we will enjoy what we have until the time comes that we may be able to get what we want. The children who come afterward will be the most happy because they grew up being content with those things they did possess. The one who always gets those things he wants, even if he has to get what he wants deceitfully, is not really happy in the end. He doesn’t appreciate what really can make him happy—being honest in all his dealings with everyone.
In the book of Proverbs, chapter 19:1, it says, “Better a poor man who walks in integrity than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.” Control all your desires. Don’t dwell on what you can’t have. Be content with what you do have—it’s all a gift from God.
Prayer for today: God, let me always be content with what I may have in this life since I won’t be taking anything with me to eternity. Help me always be ready to show integrity in the way I live my life. Amen