Westminster Theological Seminary1997-09-15 - House of the Righteous

Proverbs 15:6 "In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure. What does this house look like? Scripture does not say. Is it big? Is it a shack? Scripture is silent. How about the furnishings, is it lavish? Are there no furnishings? We do not know. We know this, that in the house of the righteous there is much treasure. Perhaps those living in this house have to lie on the floor because there are no beds. There is in this house of the righteous, still, much treasure. Let a righteous man be the poorest man in the world, let him have no possessions, empty cabinets and chests and yet God says that in this house there is much treasure.

The righteous can never be made poor enough not to be rich. As long as the righteous dwell in the house there is, in that house, much treasure. There is the presence of God and the blessing of God upon the righteous. Here is treasure uncountable. Here is wealth unmeasurable. The blessing of God is upon the righteous. There is more treasure in the poorest house, if it be the dwelling of the righteous, than in the house of the greatest in the world who has fine hangings and fine couches and chairs and cupboards of silver and china. Whatever the rich man has, if he be not righteous, he has less treasure than there is in the house of the poorest righteous soul.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:10 "as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things." We can see something profound here that we might at first overlook. Paul is not using an analogy here and saying "as if I possessed all things", No, rather he says plainly, "yet possessing all things". He says, "I have little in this world, but yet I possess all things". Christian, you also possess all things and you also may take pleasure in your treasure, a gift of God, that makes you rich were it counts, and gives you wealth you can bank on. The Righteousness of Christ, given to you in salvation, is the greatest treasure any could have or hope for.

"It is hard to carry a full cup without spilling, and a full estate without sinning." Thomas Watson "All the wealth of this world is nothing else but a heap of clay." John Calvin

Soli Deo Gloria,