Readings Proverbs 11
Have you seen this bumper sticker before?
Dear wealthy ones,
I saw a young boy playing with some toy cars tonight. Reminded me of my youth when I had my collection of matchbox cars. I would play with them for hours, lining them all up and admiring them all. I had quite a few toys and games when I was younger. Remember the commercial for the game “Battleship”? The one player losing would exclaim, “you sunk my battleship!” Well, I had a battery operated ship that my neighbor sank with a load of sand. He sunk my ocean liner! Wonder what my ship sinker pursued in life.
What are some of the things that people pursue in our culture? Isn’t it wealth, power, fame, among other things. Well, in Proverbs 11, wisdom tells us that our culture may be wrong, no, it is wrong! When will we learn? Have you read the bumper sticker that says, “He who dies with the most toys wins!” If you start watching much of America, you might begin to believe that most adhere to it. There is nothing wrong with having some “toys”. I have to say that to ease my conscience as I have had a few “toys” through the years having lived near the water. J Seriously, I am not saying money is wrong, but there is great danger in it, and it does you no good in the end as Proverbs 11:4 states:
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
Listen to a couple New Testament passages for further examples:
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
24 “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
37 “For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
And what about power?
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes.
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.
Rather than trusting in riches or power:
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
We are called to share what we have with others;
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
25 The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.
26 He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
What are you and I doing with what God has given us? We are called to be good stewards, caring for the resources God has given us, whether large in this world’s eyes or small. We are to “do it unto the least of these.” Sometimes it takes a lot of money, but most often love doesn’t need that kind of wealth.
“Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
We have an amazing privilege to share with others out of God’s riches. And we have the opportunity to share with one another God’s wisdom.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. (attracting others to wisdom)
Share the wealth!
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Couldn’t leave this one out!
22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.