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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rich Man, Poor Man

(Proverbs 27:24 KJV)  For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

“Riches” (2633) come and riches go.  I would imagine that the opposite is true:  Poverty comes and poverty goes.  If you have lived long enough to vote you have experienced this.  I love to tell the story of the Christmas that my brother and I received one toy to share between us.  One of the staples of our dinner table was bread and gravy.  I thought it was because it tasted good.  As an adult I realize it was to stretch the budget.

In the midst of this the favor and grace of God is consistent.  Really.  That is what comes to me as I read this verse.  Paul put it a little different,
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
This verse is almost universally abused.  It does not convey the mantra of our modern, self-esteem culture of “if you can dream it, you can do it.”  To get the meaning you need to read the previous verse:
(Philippians 4:12 KJV)  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Paul is saying “riches are not forever” but is reminding us that the grace of God is.

So?  Rough day?  His grace is sufficient.  Really.  Been there.  Done that.

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