From Proverbs 19-21
I’ve selected a series of proverbs that speak about wealth and money.
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
4 Wealth brings many new friends,
but a poor man is deserted by his friend. (Pr 19:4)
This proverb is a bit sad and is a reflection of people. Money attracts them. So the richer you are the more friends you will have. Or perhaps, the more friends your money will have. The poor obviously need people to look after them. I suspect the parable ridicules those who are attracted to money, and encourages people to look out for the poor.
6 Many seek the favor of a generous man,
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. (Pr 19:6)
This is an encouragement to give. People who are generous are attractive. People like them.
17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will repay him for his deed. (Pr 19:17)
Its interesting again to note the recurring theme of the LORD caring for the poor. If we care for the poor, the LORD will reward us. Do you know any poor in need? Perhaps a donation could help?
17 Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;
he who loves wine and oil will not be rich. (Pr 21:17)
Hard work is necessary to prosper. Laziness never helped anyone. Splurging all your wealth on luxuries is not so helpful either.
Story of Jesus
There will be a point when Jesus returns that our wealth will no longer have value. Rather we are exhorted by him to invest in eternal things that will never fade away. I think primarily that means gospel ministry-evangelism and working on godly character-discipleship.
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