Many are the ways of a man that bring profit. The pockets can be made full both righteously and unrighteously. Gain is not the end game. Understand that I am a God of righteousness, and I call you to the same. What good is ill-gotten gain – riches that fill the stomach, but do not satisfy your hunger? Eat of the tree of righteousness. Fill the harvest baskets with the fruit of right conduct, pleasing to My eyes. In this, also you will be satisfied. You know already, that volume alone with poor quality, creates only larger piles to discard – trash meant to be a treasure. Seek not for unrighteous gain, for it piles itself in worthless mounds all about you, and the peace of My rest is stolen, and the true joy of life buried beneath. Raise your head again, and seek the true treasure of righteous profit, turning away from the way of the world, to My ways of honorable work. The wage of the honest servant, he who pleases My eye, will have for himself the reward of eternal crowns, and a peace on earth for work well done.
Rev 3:19-20 (ESV) – Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Bottom Line: True happiness in life comes from God’s hand, not ours. Often we are tempted to go about things in questionable ways because the payoff is better. In the end, we may appear rich for doing so, but inside we will feel just the opposite. Live and do right by God’s ways. Honest work pays the higher dividend.