Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right (Proverbs 16:8).
Would you rather live a comfortable, but ungodly life or an uncomfortable, but righteous life?
The truth is, righteous living is often uncomfortable. This proverb points us to the things that we have, noting that righteous people may not have the same physical luxuries that worldly people possess. However, physical luxuries and “great revenues” do not have the same appeal as they do to a worldly individual.
God’s people “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6), seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). They understand that those who fear Him and work righteousness are accepted by Him (Acts 10:35).
Righteous matters are eternal. Great revenues are not. In old age the psalmist looked back over his life and observed he had “not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). It is better to be righteous and poor than to be ungodly and rich.
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