Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23

“Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:4, 9, 12, 17, 19, 23, 26‬ ‭
The urge to pursue material wealth is part of the allure of the world and although there is plenty said about neglected poor we should also consider the neglected rich. Often this class of people is seen as hopelessly lost to the glitter and daze of their perceived riches. They are in just as much need of the love of God many go to their graves unwarned and are lost without Him. The Bible warns of the pursuit of worldly riches “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase.” He that says to fine gold, “Thou art my confidence,” has “denied the God that is above.” “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth forever).” Ecclesiastes 5:10; Job 31:24, 28; Psalm 49:7, 8.
Riches and worldly honor cannot satisfy the soul. Many people of wealth and places of honor wander aimlessly searching for satisfaction, having never understood God’s love or had the comfort of spiritual hope. “Charge them that are rich in this world that they trust not “in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19.
Jesus warned about faith trying to grow with worldly riches comparing it to a seed growing in thorns, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:22‬. Pursuit of wealth does not produce happiness, satisfaction, or contentment. In fact studies show that Materialistic values are associated with a pervasive undermining of people’s well-being, from low life satisfaction and happiness, to depression and anxiety, to physical problems such as headaches, and to personality disorders, narcissism, and antisocial behavior. Materialism will cause a chronic kind of spiritual dehydration and that kind of Christian will never thirst for the true living water that Jesus offers and what we truly need. “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:2-4‬ ‭ Some love this world so much that it swallows up their love for the truth. As their treasures here increase, their interest in the heavenly treasure decreases. Let us make sure we place the highest value in truth and love to live the life God designed for us to live in service to others. Have an awesome day.

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