11/21/16: About Faithfulness

imagesProverbs 28:20 says, “  A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished” (NKJ). Proverbs get right to the point, and so will I.

  •  Faithful: ’emuwnah (em-oo-naw’) in Hebrew means firmness, security; moral fidelity, stability, and truth.
  • Man: ‘iysh (eesh) in Hebrew usually means a man as an individual or a male person, but is often used as an adjunct to a more definite term and can even mean champion and one who is worthy.
  • Abound: rab (rab) in Hebrew means abundant in quantity, size, age, number, rank, or quality
  • Blessing in Hebrew means benediction; by implication prosperity
  • To Hasten: ‘uwts (oots) in Hebrew means to press; hurry, labor, and be narrow
  • To be Rich: `ashar (aw-shar’) in Hebrew means to accumulate for yourself
  • (will not go) Unpunished: naqah (naw-kaw’) in Hebrew means to be bare, i.e. extirpated (to pull out by the roots, destroy or remove completely, exterminate, abolish)

As we are faithful – firm, morally stable – we will stand as God’s champions, imagesworthy of the abundant prosperity His hand will bestow. If we give up on God and take matters into our own hands, to succeed on our own terms, we will narrow our own prospects and take ourselves to our own utter destruction.

images-1Faithfulness on our part requires our patience and trust in God’s faithfulness. Work steadily on, not pressing or hurrying; just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Do the next thing excellently and faithfully, and watch God’s abundant blessings come.

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