An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Key to Wealth

(Proverbs 10:4 KJV) He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

We must compare this verse with verse 22. Here it is the “hand” (3709/3027) of the “diligent” (2742a) that makes us “rich” (6238). There, it is God.
(Proverbs 10:22 KJV) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
We see that again many of God’s principles are two edged swords. We like to see only one side, but God is much more complex and practical. God blesses. Grace is extended. There are reasons that God chooses to extend His blessing. It is not because we are “negligent” (7423b). It is not in spite of our negligence. God is not capricious or inconsistent. There may be times when God extends blessing to those who are not working hard, but those are the exceptions, not the rule.

This is important because it is a principle that applies to our salvation. We have the conflict between grace and works. Some people think only grace is important, others think both have a role. The Bible clearly says we are saved by grace. That means it is a gift. That gift is not earned. God chooses to give it. The question for all believers is how does He choose. First, He chooses those who believe and trust in Jesus and His shed blood. The Calvinist seems to stop there theologically although many stress obedience for some reason I can’t figure out. The Arminian says that obedience is required. Don’t listen to either one. Read for yourself and make you own decision.

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