TEN BUSINESS PRINCIPLES FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
(Part 2 of 12)
: KEEP YOUR BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE AND PRIORITIES ON MONEY STRAIGHT:
How easy it is for us to be seduced by wealth:
“…Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them
“ (Psa. 62:10b). Thus, Solomon solemnly reminds us: “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall…
Your riches won’t help you on Judgment Day; only righteousness counts then
…Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice” (Pro. 11:28b,11:4 - TLB; 16:8).
#1 Don’t sell your soul for the pursuit of wealth:
“What good will it be,”
Jesus cautioned, “for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matt. 16:26)?
St. Paul wrote, “
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. 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
” (I Tim. 6:9, 10)
#2 If God blesses you with wealth, self-indulgence is not an option:
Remember Jesus’ parable about the greedy, rich farmer who rebuilt his barns to store his excess crops?
“…God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be
demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for
This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God”
(Luk. 12:20b, 21). (See Luk. 16:19-31) With the rich, greedy farmer in
mind, it would behoove us to prayerfully ponder Jesus’ teaching on our
responsibility toward the less fortunate among us. (See Matt.
25:31-46;1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Jn. 3:16-18)
#3 If God grants you wealth, accept it without guilt:
It may come as a surprise that God is not against wealth per se, but against the inordinate love and pursuit of it: “…Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well…” (Matt. 6:33). Proverbs 10:22 affirms this
truth in stating, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.”
After all, it was God who made Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, David, and
Solomon, wealthy. (See Gen. 13:2; 26:12-14; 36:6,7; Job 42:12; 1Chron.
29:28; 2 Chron.9:22; Matt. 27:57) (See also Deu. 8:17, 18; Psa.
113:7,8; Isa. 27:8)
#4 Choose to be content with what God allows you materially:
Wealth or no wealth, we are to receive with humble gratitude whatever monetary level God assigns to us:
“…Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into
the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and
clothing, we will be content with that”
(I Tim. 6:6-8). (See Ecc. 5:10; Phil. 4:11 – 13)
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill