The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
If there ever were a verse to make us question the truth of the Bible, this one could be it. I don’t know about you, but we have had our share of sorrow in this life. From miscarriages, to Alzheimer’s, to people who hurt us, to trouble with children, to insufficient money to live on, to accidents, to sicknesses, to Epilepsy, to family pain, who hasn’t had sorrow? What does this verse possibly mean for it surely cannot mean that we are to live without any sorrow? Then I read about those in my lifetime who have suffered for their faith in Christ. Their suffering includes fear, separation from family, loss of all possessions, imprisonment, torture, and even death. Does the blessing of the Lord really come without sorrow?
We must admit that the blessing of the Lord does make us rich. We enjoy the incalculable riches of God’s mercy, God’s grace and God’s love. We enjoy the true blessing of the joy of God’s presence in our lives. We enjoy the riches of God’s forgiveness as He, through the sacrifice of Christ, eternally forgives all of our sin never to bring them against us again. God has given us the wealth of His family in the local church, the community of the body of Christ. God has also given us the promise of answered prayer and the assurance of His sovereign will for our lives.
Does God add sorrow with His blessings?
Let’s think about the sorrows of life apart from the blessings of God. How long will the sorrows of this life last for God’s children? How many of the sorrows of this life does God give us to carry alone? What has God taught you or how has God shaped you through the sorrows of this life? What about those who don’t know the blessings of the Lord that make rich, when the sorrows of life come so does utter devastation and hopelessness.
We must come to understand that the Word of God is true and that the sorrows of this life, for those of us who know the blessings of God’s riches, are temporary, purposeful, and can be used to bring God greater glory. For us, the sorrows of life are not true sorrows for God has a purpose for all of them. For us, the sorrows of life are not true sorrows for God is with us in them all giving His grace, His comfort, His peace and yes, even His joy. So, yes, my friends, the blessing of the Lord does make rich and for those who know and love God’s riches they also know life without worldly, purposeless sorrow. They sorrow without hope while our sorrow has hope woven into it for God and His promises are with us in the sorrow.
Have a great day in the Lord,