Proverbs 13:1-25 (1) A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. (2) From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. (3) Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (4) The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (5) The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. (6) Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. (7) One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. (8) The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. (9) The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. (10) By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. (11) Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. (12) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (13) Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. (14) The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (15) Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. (16) In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. (17) A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. (18) Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. (19) A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. (20) Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (21) Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. (22) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. (23) The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. (24) Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. (25) The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
For today, we will look at how we view money. There are several thoughts here in chapter 13 about that.
Vs. 4 – Lazy people crave, wish and desire, but they don’t do what it takes to have anything. If you wish to have money but keep spending it, or if you wish to have something nice but are not willing to work hard for it, then you might want to take notice of verse 4. The diligent work hard for those things, and they are patient, and they save. So, a lot of times they get what they are working for because they do it God’s way.
Vs. 7 – Some people like to look good. We can go around in fancy cars and live in big houses, but really we are just in debt up to our eyeballs. Are we trying to live a lifestyle that we can’t afford? There are a lot of millionaires around that by looking at them you would never know. They don’t flaunt it, nor do they feel a need to show it off.
Vs. 8 – People go hard after rich people because of their money. The rich will always be in a threat of a lawsuit because somebody is after what the rich person has. The poor person isn’t really worried about that in the same way, because what are they going to sue him for?
Vs. 11 – Little by little. Contrast the person who wins the lottery to the person who saves just a little bit over time. Who has money in the end? The lottery winners historically end up with nothing, but the person who saves a little over time ends up being the millionaire.
Vs. 18 – Poverty comes to the one who doesn’t listen to instruction. Remember that Proverbs are general truths…not all poor people refuse to listen to instruction. The point here is that when you don’t listen to the sound advice from others, in this case about finances, you will end up living in a world of hurt financially. So, listen.
Vs. 22 – Righteous people do not live for the moment. We look to our children and grandchildren. We want to leave them with something. I don’t believe the focus here is necessarily money. My grandfather, my mom’s dad, died without much money, but he left quite an inheritance for his family. He was a righteous, wise, and gentle man. So, if you want to leave money for your grand-kids, that’s great, but what “inheritance” really matters?
Vs. 25 – The righteous has enough. Both the righteous and the wicked may have the same amount of money in the bank account, but for the wicked it is never enough. The righteous man is not bound to his money, so he is thankful for what he has, whether it is 10 dollars or 10 million dollars – that man is “satisfied” because he is content.