Proverbs 16:8 “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.”
What is more important to you, peace or prosperity? Don’t just move past that question. Let it sink down and chew on it for a while. Look back over the last week. What do your actions tell you? How about your conversations? How about your prayers?
I’ve lived both ways and I can tell you that I’d rather have the peace. I’d rather be able to sleep at night on an uncomfortable bed than lie awake on a nice soft one. This world pushes and strives to sweep us along with it. It takes real effort to resist the temptation to take short cuts and compromise your integrity. But we serve a different master and this world is just a temporary assignment for us.
Proverbs 16:8 could just as easily say, “Better is a little with righteousness now because one day you will exchange that for an immeasurable inheritance that will last forever! Which is way better than gaining a ton of stuff that is going to rust and decay and disappear while you spend eternity being punished for your ways.” Starts looking like a pretty easy decision when you take it to its logical conclusion.
Take a deep breath of Proverbs 16:8, “Better a little with righteousness” and know the sweet peace of simple obedience.