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.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Invest Wisely

(Proverbs 8:18 KJV)  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

This verse is in the middle of a discussion of wisdom.  Wisdom is the “me” here.  Some people make a big deal about the promises regarding “riches” (6239).  This passage gives a good context for an understanding of true “wealth” (1952).

A key word is the adjective “durable" (enduring NASB) (6276).  This is the only place that the Hebrew word is used in the Old Testament but the idea is expressed other places.  Think of the verses that talk about wealth rotting away. 
Matthew 6:20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
James 5:3 Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

The point is that true riches are more than money.  Life wealth is found in such things as character, influence and how your children develop.  Ultimately it is reflected in how we spend eternity.

So?  Go to work.  Shop wisely.  Be good stewards of the finances entrusted to you.  While you are doing that, don’t lose sight of the true wealth of righteous living and eternal life.  Focus on what won’t rust or corrode. 

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