Proverbs 10:2 Dissected & Defined
Treasures (accumulated wealth) of wickedness profit (gain) nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Solomon goes on to say in verse three that God also meets the daily needs of the righteous, but He curses the substance of those who gather in other ways. These verses have underlying meanings.
Prosper Now & Later
These verses indicate the proper way to prosper both now and later. In verse two, we see how to prosper after death. In verse three we are taught how to prosper in life. We are also taught how to “gain nothing” both now and later. What is the underlying meaning that will bring us such great profit or loss?
Righteousness in the Bible has two meanings and each is tied to one of the dual benefits of salvation. To be righteous in heaven is justification and to be righteous on earth is a benefit of sanctification.
Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But if we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, then we are justified (made righteous in heaven). After this, “…we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:12). To do this, we must engage in the benefits of sanctification. That is to say, I must yield to Christ Jesus in me.
Lessons in Future Profits & Prosperity
So this lesson in future profits and prosperity is that if we accept Christ as our Savior, we overcome death and hell. Future prosperity for eternity is secured once and for all. Others may choose the accrual of earthly possessions, but it will not profit in the day of wrath. It will be worthless and wasteful.
For current profits and prosperity, I must allow the life that I now live to be lived by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). If we will allow this to happen within us, then we will experience the sustaining wealth of the Lord Jesus and enjoy a perfect and entire life, wanting nothing. However, if you search for worldly treasure, you can be sure that treasure may bring enrichment, but it will never bring contentment.