Proverbs 10:22-23 (ESV)
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,
but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
God provides wealth, and though some may labor strenuously, if the Lord does not chose to financially bless, the effort is in vain. The riches that come from the Lord aren’t followed by painful consequences but are enjoyed from a heart of gratitude. The fool is pleased when he engages in wrongful and destructive behavior. Though jokes and pranks can be amusing, the fool crosses the boundary of common decency and will easily break the law for a good laugh. The same things don’t entertain those who follow the Lord. Instead, the wise person is satisfied by right and productive deeds. As you journey along the path of wisdom, you will discover that many of the things the world finds entertaining aren’t comical to you. But that doesn’t mean the upright have no sense of humor. Instead, Christians should be the most joyful people on the planet. When was the last time you laughed, and at what?