The Job of the Bible was a wealthy man.
Why? Well, he was blessed for being blameless and upright, he feared God and shunned evil.
His blessing? 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
I like that Job was celebrated by his family, enjoyed wine and feasts at his home and their homes. God’s blessing was meant to be consumed, to be shared, a bounty Job recognized as coming from the God he served. His wealth was measured in the blessing he received — children, sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, servants. Abraham, another biblical figure recognized for God’s wealthy blessing, was considered wealthy for basically the same reasons. They both were blessed for and maintained a steadfast commitment to a God who was very real to them, a God they recognized as the source of all of their blessing.
I am a wealthy man. You may not recognize that by looking at me. I don’t have a big wardrobe of fancy clothes, my house is a modest two story and small by many standards, my bank account balance is always slim, my car a nice VW. I don’t have cows, sheep, oxen, camels or donkeys, servants.
So why am I wealthy? I have bicycles. I am blessed by being able to ride them. Earlier today, I was sharing with a friend here that this riding season has been extended, the temperatures up to December comfortable. There has not been a single frozen ride for me yet. If the weather continues like it has been, I will be riding dry trails until the end of the year. That, my friend, is a blessing.
Now, I don’t have a large stable of bikes. I am not wealthy in that way. Two weekends ago, my nice Specialized Camber FSR had a mechanical failure, the rear shock seals needed service. Considering that I had a four day weekend coming up, I wanted my bike. I carted my bike to the shop the Saturday before Thanksgiving, my ride cut short by the failed shock, hoping and praying that the shop would turn the repair around quickly. Since I am a regular there, they usually do. The shop tech checked stock for the shock seal kit, confirmed that they were in stock, tagged my bike, told me he would call when it was done.
I received a call from the shop the day after Thanksgiving. My bike was ready for me. ZOOM!!!! Amused shop personnel waited for me with my bike out and ready for me as I walked in the shop. Hmmmm.. maybe my excitement was too evident when I talked to them on the phone?
Three rides over the weekend. Three glorious rides. I am wealthy, indeed.