“Ill-gotten treasures” bring many ideas, as well as pictures, to our minds. Some pictures remind us of events where we were taken advantage of by one who made no apologies for stealing our “property.” Other feelings are the result of a dishonest salesperson who hid the truth from us when we purchased a valuable item. Usually, there are many numbers involved in large transactions, and unless we know what to look for, it’s easy to become a “victim” of dishonesty.
However, when we look at some “valuables” we have collected over time, there may be an item or two we obtained in less than honest methods. They were really “ill-gotten” even though they “belong” to us now.
“Ill-gotten” is a strong phrase that means “treasures gotten as a result of wickedness.” We know that “wickedness” is not compatible with the character of God. It stands in complete contradiction to everything God values. It also cost Him the life of His Son. “Righteousness” on the other hand clearly states what God is: a God who is consistent with His Word and His ways. Our God despises unrighteousness and dishonesty because He is honest and just!
Treasures are a gift from God. And, there is nothing wrong with having treasures – even great treasures. But, when they become the “center of life” or the “reason for living,” attaining them is self-destructive. They no longer bring satisfaction because they have no “lasting value” - and the “search” for more treasures continues.
“Righteousness” delivers us from death: physical, spiritual and eternal. Those who live in “righteousness” have no fear of God because their search for “treasures” is found in Him.
Prayer: Father, give us a desire to live for “things” that are eternal and have their source in You and Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.