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“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)

Growing Dominion, Part 122

“An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed” (Prov. 20:21).

We all like to think that if we came into windfall wealth, that we would handle it responsibly and wisely. We wouldn’t do what all those other people do with it. And occasionally someone comes into money early in life and handles it well, but this is not the norm. The general pattern goes the other way.

God wants us to endure the hard work of plowing and clearing stones before we enjoy the fruits of a rich harvest. This is how He fashioned the world. And this truth does not just function on an annual cycle, but the cycle of our lives reflects the same reality. Taking one thing with another, it is good for young couples to be scraping by. It is good for a start-up business to have some marginal years. The school of hard knocks is not a bad place to graduate from—the alums generally do better in the end.

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