Proverbs 21:1-2

Worship Devo with Megan Killoran

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A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.

Proverbs 21:1-2

Behind the Scenes
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One year while traveling, I met rich people. I’m not talking mansions, a sweet pool and Maseratis…I’m talking filthy rich like royalty, like nothing I’ve witnessed before, and like nothing my mind could comprehend. Admittedly, part of me coveted and knew I didn’t belong.

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The proverb here is talking about the kind of rich that doesn’t compare to monetary value, yet it uses monetary language to help us understand and switch gears. What does rich mean to you? Does rich mean a nice house, car, and steady income? Or does rich mean kindness, humbleness, wisdom, and favor?

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I looked up the richest people in the United States in 2021, and Jeff Bezos comes in at number one with a177 billion dollar net worth. Whew! In second comes Elon Musk with 151 billion, and then Bill gates with 124 billion. Mark Zuckerberg almost makes the podium with a nice 97 billion. Then I looked up those who had the most favor in the bible, since this proverb correlates favor to richness. God’s favor was upon Noah when he built the arc. Abraham had God’s favor and was even called “God’s friend.” Esther had favor when she went to the King to free her people. Samuel had special favor as a child because His mother Hannah was obedient and dedicated Samuel to God. They were all rich with God’s favor.

Make it Real (1)
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When I think 'rich', my mind automatically goes to people like Jeff Bezos, but when I reflect on the riches and favor of God, my mind tells me that, wait a second… I AM RICH. I am a daughter of the King. You are a son or daughter of the same King. The inheritance we receive is greater than a measly net-worth of 171 Billion dollars, because when we die in this world, our inheritance is inconceivable! What we don’t get to take with us is any monetary gain. Some strive to live a prestigious life, but it equates to nothing in the end, because only our God and King is the holder of everything that is good.

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I encourage you to reflect if you are rich or not, or if you are living in poverty. If you don't see yourself through the lens of Christ, your heart may be hungry, tired, and thirsty for something with deeper substance. We need Jesus every single day, and only He makes us rich, and He wants you to experience His favor each day.

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The rich people that I met earlier in this devotional was when I visited a church in Ethiopia, Africa. The joy, favor, love, and faith far exceeded their monetary value, and I have never forgotten just how rich they are despite being cramped in tiny huts together. I learned that he knew how to cast their burdens on Him and trust in their Maker. The favor on them far exceeded monetary value, and it was evident through Jesus in their eyes. Is He in your eyes?

End in prayer (1)
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Lord, Thank You for dying to give me the greatest wealth there is- eternal life. Thank You that through You, I can store up treasures in Heaven that are so much more valuable than treasures on earth. Help me to seek wealth of kindness, gentleness, and righteousness. Help me to prize Your versions of wealth over those of this world.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.  

Proverbs 21:1-2 

Behind the Scenes

One year while traveling, I met rich people.  I’m not talking mansions, a sweet pool and Maseratis…I’m talking filthy rich like royalty, like nothing I’ve witnessed before, and like nothing my mind could comprehend.  Admittedly, part of me coveted and knew I didn’t belong.  

The proverb here is talking about the kind of rich that doesn’t compare to monetary value, yet it uses monetary language to help us understand and switch gears.  What does rich mean to you?  Does rich mean a nice house, car, and steady income?  Or does rich mean kindness, humbleness, wisdom, and favor?   

I looked up the richest people in the United States in 2021, and Jeff Bezos comes in at number one with a177 billion dollar net worth.  Whew!  In second comes Elon Musk with 151 billion, and then Bill gates with 124 billion.  Mark Zuckerberg almost makes the podium with a nice 97 billion.  Then I looked up those who had the most favor in the bible, since this proverb correlates favor to richness.  God’s favor was upon Noah when he built the arc.  Abraham had God’s favor and was even called “God’s friend.”  Esther had favor when she went to the King to free her people.  Samuel had special favor as a child because His mother Hannah was obedient and dedicated Samuel to God.  They were all rich with God’s favor.  

Make it Real

When I think ‘rich’, my mind automatically goes to people like Jeff Bezos, but when I reflect on the riches and favor of God, my mind tells me that, wait a second… I AM RICH.  I am a daughter of the King.  You are a son or daughter of the same King.  The inheritance we receive is greater than a measly net-worth of 171 Billion dollars, because when we die in this world, our inheritance is inconceivable!  What we don’t get to take with us is any monetary gain.  Some strive to live a prestigious life, but it equates to nothing in the end, because only our God and King is the holder of everything that is good.   

I encourage you to reflect if you are rich or not, or if you are living in poverty.  If you don’t see yourself through the lens of Christ, your heart may be hungry, tired, and thirsty for something with deeper substance. We need Jesus every single day, and only He makes us rich, and He wants you to experience His favor each day.   

The rich people that I met earlier in this devotional was when I visited a church in Ethiopia, Africa.  The joy, favor, love, and faith far exceeded their monetary value, and I have never forgotten just how rich they are despite being cramped in tiny huts together.  I learned that he knew how to cast their burdens on Him and trust in their Maker. The favor on them far exceeded monetary value, and it was evident through Jesus in their eyes. Is He in your eyes? 

Ali Bair

Ali Bair

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Lord, Thank You for dying to give me the greatest wealth there is- eternal life. Thank You that through You, I can store up treasures in Heaven that are so much more valuable than treasures on earth. Help me to seek wealth of kindness, gentleness, and righteousness. Help me to prize Your versions of wealth over those of this world. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen 

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