Proverbs 28

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“A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22)

November 29, 2013

Stingy – adj. ˈstin-jē : not generous, unwilling to give, miserly, close-fisted. The stingy man doesn’t understand where wealth comes from (God) and its proper use (to steward according to God’s economy). He lives the life of the closed-fisted hand, closed both to God and to others. He dams up the flow both upstream and downstream. It’s no surprise that misers are miserable.

“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble” (Proverbs 28:20)

November 28, 2012

Wealth isn’t the problem. It’s the attitude of wanting wealth quickly, of a willingness to take any shortcut, no matter the ethic. The one who works to earn over a long time, knows the value of things and how to manage. The one who obtains quickly, loses it the same way. Easy come, easy go. And with that, “trouble.” Those who believe this proverb, won’t waste their dollar on a lottery ticket, but will invest it instead.

“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability” (Proverbs 28:2)

November 19, 2012

Even Solomon, who God used to write this proverb, led Israel’s decline into idolatry and “moral rot.” If God’s chosen nation was susceptible, then any nation is. Americans are increasingly of the opinion that moral character is a private matter that has no bearing on public competence. However, the Bible says that character and competence cannot be separated. Morality matters.