Today’s Scripture: Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: Isaiah 34:16a

Often when you read a devotional from Victory in Grace that has to do with being rich, you will end up reading about being rich in eternity by laying up treasures in Heaven. However, today we will actually be talking about earthly possessions. What makes somebody rich?

Benjamin Franklin said, “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” With that in mind, remember, you will never think you are rich (materially), if you can still see a group of people with considerably more than you have.

Other people may look at you as rich. Many of our readers of this devotional are from the United States. If someone in poverty in India looks at you, they will know without a doubt that you are rich, even though you don’t realize it.

That being said, the point I’m trying to make is not that you are materially rich because you have money or property, but you are rich because you have one prized possession that throughout the course of history, a very small percentage of people have had.

You have God’s Word in your own language! That is worth far more than the biggest mansion on earth. Its value is so great that many people have died to make it possible. We often take this Book for granted because it is so prevalent right now. If you accidently leave your Bible somewhere, it doesn’t seem like a big deal because you have another one at home, and you can always pull it up on your phone or computer.

There was a day that owning a piece of a verse was a person’s most prized possession. This Book that we all have is worth more than all the money in the world. So if you have a Bible, treasure it. It is the only material possession that can give true joy.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.