Archive for May 6th, 2019

Proverbs 28:5-8

In Proverbs 28:5-8 Solomon returns to some thoughts on evil. Evil is the opposite of good. It is contrary to God’s plan and law. And evil will come under justice, whether it happens at the time it occurs, or at some future date. There is always a response toward evil from good. God doesn’t ignore it. He can’t, because of His very nature. “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.” Those who walk with God and follow His ways know what evil looks like, and choose to follow God’s path. Evil is a choice. No one makes anyone do it. There are forces that certainly may whisper into our ears and encourage it, but we must choose to disobey God in that way.

He then goes on to talk about the importance of integrity. He compares it with wealth – not in a ‘if you live with integrity you’ll be wealthy’ way. No, rather he says it is better to be poor and without any wealth but have integrity, than to have a big bank account and no integrity. The reality is that money comes and goes. You can always earn more of it. But integrity is who we are down deep. And that is far more important in God’s eyes than how much money we have in the checkbook. “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” Being rich without integrity will not be nearly as good as poor with it.

Solomon returns to a piece of wisdom around kids. Teaching them to obey the law is a very important thing to do. All of us are under God’s law. There are no exceptions, no matter your status, wealth or any other characteristic.  God’s laws are complete and cover all of us equally. When our kids, or ourselves for that matter, keep the law, it shows that we have wisdom and understanding of who God is and how we are to live. “The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.” A child who runs with those who ignore the law will cause shame on their parents at some time. God will settle the score around our disobedience.

Solomon next talks about using money to create more wealth.  That is something that those with money management skills are able to do well. They use what they have to generate more. The question is why create more wealth. Solomon talks about being generous with those less fortunate in this verse. We should not only accumulate money to pad our own situation. It aligns with the idea of tithing and giving back to those less fortunate. “Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.” Are you a good manager of what God has entrusted to you? Do you give freely from what God allows you to accumulate?

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