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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wise Attitudes: Our Possessions: Proverbs 13:7-12

7) There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.
8) The ransom of a man’s life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9) The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10) Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
11) Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.

EXPOSITION:

7) There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.
The true wealth of a person is not found in physical possessions but in spiritual blessings of God…
1.  There are those that accumulates earthly possessions, yet in the end they will possess nothing of lasting value
2.  There are those who sends away his possessions in an attempt to help others, in the end they will possess the blessings of God throughout eternity

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.  Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.”   (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2)

8) The ransom of a man’s life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
Another detriment of riches vs the benefits of being poor…
1.  A rich man attracts those who would desire to abuse and steal from him.  He is always faced with physical opposition and threathenings.
2.  A poor man attracts no one’s attention, nor must he worry about the loss of his physical possessions for he has none.

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;  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 for ever:)  That he should still live for ever, [and] not see corruption.  For he seeth [that] wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.”   (Psalms 49:6-10)

9) The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
The influence of the righteous is far greater than the wicked when they sacrificially give to help others in need…
1.  A righteous man through his sacrificial actions sends forth a light into the world showing Christ, His love and His grace to those with whom they have contact.
2.  A wicked man who accumulates wealth selfishly faulters in having a lasting reputation and influence in the world around them.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”   (Psalms 112:4-5)

10) Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
1.  The accumulation of wealth, many times is the result of a prideful person who desires to exalt themselves.  This prideful and selfish attitude ends in opposition from those around them.
2.   Those who seek Godly counsel will gain wisdom and see the need and benefits of giving to meet other’s spiritual and physical needs.

From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”   (James 4:1-5)

The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.  A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.”   (Proverbs 12:15-16)

11) Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Not only is how we use our wealth important, but also how we supply our physical needs is a great opportunity for service to the Lord as well….
1.  Wealth that is gained by “vanity” shall be gradually wasted and diminished until it is gone. The idea of vanity comes from a Hebrew word for “breath”.  It is describing wealth that is accumulated very easily through deceitful speech as compared to physical labor.  Why is it wasted so easily?  The “value of a dollar” is not recognized because of the ease at which it is gained.
2.  In comparison, those who labor for their possessions understand their value and, therefore, are careful how it is used.  When a person is willing to work for their possessions and share them with others in need, the Lord blesses them and supplies their needs.

Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;  Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.  There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.  In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.”   (Job 20:19-22)

For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee.”  (Psalms 128:2)

12) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.
When we help others at our own expense, many times we do not see the results of our labors, nor do we receive a reward immediately.  It is only after consistent obedience that we receive the reward of faithfulness…
1.  Realizing we do not receive immediate gratification for our obedience, we must expect to be tempted with discouragement and weariness.
2.  However, as we continue in faithfulness, the results of our labors will be seen and rewards for our obedience will be received.  If not in this world, for certain in eternity to come.

To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God?”   (Psalms 42:1-3)

I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.”  (Psalms 69:3)

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”   (Psalms 40:2-3)

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”   (Psalms 17:15)

 

SUMMARY:

Do we seek to gain physical wealth for the right motives and using the right methods?  Are we willing to share our wealth with others who are in need?  Do we realize that through our giving to others, when motivated by a heart of love for God and concern for others we glorify our Lord and present a living testimony of His grace and kindness?

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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5 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Proverbs 13:9 is a rather interesting passage; it warns us that wealth does come with it’s price tag

  2. Debbie says:

    Really helpful, Pastor Rob, and a blessing. Thank you and God bless you!

  3. We can’t take it with us anyway, just ask any victim of the recent OK tornado! thanks for the reminder!

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