How You Got It

Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work

Jeremiah 22:13

There is an old saying that says something about “it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”  While winning is obviously an important thing, there is some truth to that statement.  Many people and teams have “won” games or events or contests, only to be later disqualified and eliminated for not “playing by the rules.”  The same is true in life.

How many people are out there “building their houses by unrighteousness?”  How many people are working and building their lives on a false foundation?  How many people do we know who have “gotten ahead” by stepping on others and being dishonest?  Have we been guilty of those things?  The Bibles tells us “woe to that person.”  There is a right way and wrong way to do things.  We might be doing something that outwardly would seem good, but are we doing it in the right way?

“Building a house” is  a good thing.  I would like to build a house.  “Building a life” is a good thing.  But a house or a life built by unrighteousness is a terrible thing.  We might be viewed as a “success” in the world’s eyes, but God sees our hearts and knows our motives and intentions.

I love the fact that, though the Bible was written hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of years ago, it still contains practical truth that we need every day.  The world is full of ambitious people who would do anything (including using dishonesty, deceit and treachery) to “get ahead.”  But the next time we are tempted to join them, we would be wise to consider this verse.  No amount of wealth or worldly success is worth an ounce of unrighteousness!

3 responses to this post.

  1. What an ever timely reminder, when things are as hard as they are, to not seek to get more and build ourselves up in a way that wouldn’t honor Him. Better to be “unsuccessful” and without than to gain in an unrighteous way. God bless you, Ben, and your teaching!


    • Very true. Always better to be “unsuccessful” than to be “successful” in the wrong way. I guess it all comes back to the fact that, sometimes, God’s definition of success and man’s definition are not the same.


  2. Thank you, Ben

    Luke 9:25 came to mind when I read your post “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”

    “No amount of wealth or worldly success is worth an ounce of unrighteousness!”
    When the blessings seem slow in coming, we still have to keep our focus. So thankful He gives us His word and His promises. He’s never failed and HE never will. Praying we’ll learn to trust Him even when the wait seems long.



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