Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 21

Chapter 21: The Best Way to Become Poor

I know that I am a few chapters behind but I will finish the book of Proverbs by the end of the month which is this Friday. This month has flown by and it is only a few more weeks until my baby girl arrives!!

I was reading this chapter the other day and there are many good verses that stick out to me. The one I want to look at though is verse 17. It says, “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

This verse is the formula to being a poor man and it is also the formula to being a rich man. I found this verse quite interesting.

This verse tells us that if you love pleasure and the finer things of life, you shall not be rich. I got to thinking and I thought about who was writing this, it was Solomon. Solomon was a rich man, more money than he knew what to do with.

I think that Solomon even knew that if he lived above his means, he would become poor. Many people try to live a rich lifestyle but they live above there means. They will end up poor and out of money if they keep living like that.

As a Christian, we should be wise with our money. God tells us that He will supply our need according to His riches. I don’t believe that when God said this that He meant to blow all our money on fun times and expensive toys and restaurants and then expect Him to come through to pay our bills. That is not the way it works. God wants us to be wise with our money and use it to glorify Him and He in return will bless us and supply our needs. The key word is ‘needs’, it doesn’t say ‘wants’, we may not get everything we want but He will give us what we need.

So the formula to being poor is just blow all your money on pleasures and the finer things of life. If you do this, you will achieve the status of being broke all the time.

Be wise with your money!!


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