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February Thoughts From The Scriptures
There are many things worth more than money--"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." (Proverbs 22:1) In addition to a good name, being a child of God, having good health, experiencing the peace of God, being a pillar in a New Testament Church, seeing one’s children live for Jesus, a happy home, and friends are also “rather to be chosen than riches.”It is good to set goals and go all out to obtain them. But if making money is our goal, we surely have the wrong goal.
We are prone to separate the rich from the poor, putting the rich higher than the poor. The Lord doesn’t do that--"The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all." (Proverbs 22:2) While the rich may excel in obtaining wealth, the poor may excel in something better.
It is a wise man who can look down the road and see where certain things will eventually lead--"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished." (Proverbs 22:3) This wisdom, when heeded, can save individuals, families, and even churches much pain.
It is natural for people to want riches, honor, and a good life. Yet most people by-pass the things that God will honor in sending them--"By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life." (Proverbs 22:4) Since these riches and honor are brought about by humility and the fear of the Lord, they are surely the durable kind that Godly wisdom produces--"Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness." (Proverbs 8:18) They could also be the kind that do not have sorrow mixed with them--"The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." (Proverbs 10:22) All of this means that we should only seek the riches and honor that comes from doing the will of God.
A person who is stubborn, self-willed, and froward has some painful experiences down the road. It would be worth the trouble to humble down and deny self--"Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them." (Proverbs 22:5) Peter wrote that a women who has a “meek and quiet spirit”has something of great value in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:4) This is surely true of men also. Being self-willed and froward must create a lot of problems for people.
When the principles of the Bible are established in one’s heart as a child, it seems to be hard to get away from them. If they do, expect them in old age to turn back to the peace they once knew--"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) Training a child in the way he go, however, involves more than sending them to church for someone else to do it--"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." (Deuteronomy 6:6,7)
The Bible teaches that when we get in debt to someone, we become their servant--"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7) Other Scriptures teach us to stay free from borrowing--"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:8) God promised Israel freedom from debt if they would live by His laws. (Deuteronomy 28:12) Since God’s Word encourages one to stay free from debts, I believe that He would surely help him to do so, if he would cooperate with Him.
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