“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool (VI) Wealth does not guarantee-nor disqualify righteousness or spirituality. God’s plan for the descendants of Abraham would produce His blessing for their obedience while their disobedience would bring His discipline.
Proverbs is clear that one who is “greedy for gain troubles his own house (Prov 15:27a) and there will always be those who have gained their wealth, at least in part, through dishonesty. In other words, wealth can reveal the fruit of godly character, or it can reveal an inordinate desire to accumulate wealth through any means. How do we know the difference (Prov 11:16) According to Proverbs, we must look beyond a person’s material status to the more important aspects of character and virtue. Prov 19:1 says “Better is the poor…than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool” (Prov 19:1)
The next time we select a board of elders, perhaps we should remember that a poor man who walks in integrity is better than a rich man of questionable character. We should examine ourselves as well, making sure that our motives and methods in relation to making and spending of money are in line with God’s Word. (Kenneth M Durham)
PRAYER LINE : Proverbs 3:9-10
Honour the LORD with your possession (substance) and with the first fruits of all your increase: So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with now wine.
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you… (Josh 1:4)