At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Ps. 16: 11)
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.Proverbs 10:22
The Lord Jesus refused the offer of all the kingdoms of the world. But He did not refuse them because He did not want them. Rather, He refused them as a gift from the hand of the devil. Jesus intended to have those kingdoms, but He wanted to have them as a gift from His Father, after He had bound the strong man, stripped him of his armor, and taken all his possessions as spoil (Luke 11:22). The Lord Jesus is a conquering warrior, but He insisted on enjoying the fruit of His victory as a blessing from the hand of God.
So when God blesses, He really does make rich, and there is no admixture of sorrow with it.
But those who simply want the wealth, instead of desiring wealth on one condition only, which is that it come from the hand of a blessing God, will find that something else comes with the wealth that they wanted so much.
“They soon forgat his works; They waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:13–15).
When we receive what God offers, the way He offers it, on His conditions and His timetable, we can enjoy that blessing through and through. But when we are in a rush, or when we cut corners, or when we have an “at all costs” mentality, we discover that at all costs always means at all hidden costs.
And the hidden cost is leanness of soul. This is a double affliction, because one of the features of lean souls is that they do not know that they are lean. They do not comprehend what they are missing.