22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
If wealth is achieved by anxiety and toil, it will be maintained in the same way. But “blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,” by this trust our worries are overcome by gratitude. Laziness is folly, but so is excessive toil, do not let work consume your life. Many a fool has found “pleasure in wicked schemes,” hoping to get rich quickly, but these too are more trouble than they are worth. The simplest way to wealth and happiness is through wisdom, though it is not easy it is always worth the effort.
“What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.” To build your life on anything temporary is to live with the dread of its ruin. There are many good things to be enjoyed in this life, but they cannot bear the weight of being the ultimate thing. If you make another person your reason for living you will smother them, if you look to achievement for significance you will become its slave.
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” What is the firm foundation on which the righteous are established? The Lord is the ultimate thing, beyond the reach of any storm, and nothing can stand in His place. Death itself cannot separate us from Him, and “In the end, that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us—either with the expression of conferring glory inexpressible or the expression of inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised.”