Growup: Day 141

Proverbs 29:1-31:31

Wealth and riches is a curious thing. Listen to the writers take on it:

Proverbs 30:7-9 7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:  8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

The New Testament also drives for what we call contentment:

1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

It however acknowledges some will have more material wealth than others, but does not condemn this, but calls for… I guess… what we have heard in Proverbs… wisdom:

1 Timothy 6:17-19 7 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Perhaps these words of wisdom can help us to negotiate the dangerous waters of our materialist society, always remembering Gods ultimate riches to us:

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

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