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, July 23, 2013

A Fool from Context

(Proverbs 23:9 KJV)  Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

From the context of the previous verses it would seem that a “fool” (3684) is someone who is consumed with getting rich.  It would not matter how wise he seemed in any other area of life, if his overriding ambition is to be rich, he is a fool.

Sooner or later a person who makes money his goal will make money his god.  That means that any chunks of righteous character will start to become servants of the dominant theme.  In that way things like honesty will become victims of expediency.  Justice will fall to circumstance.  Kindness will be set aside for later.  Holiness will become a joke.

So?  Make a good living.  Accept the promotion.  Change jobs.  There is nothing wrong with any of that, but don’t let the pursuit of wealth dwarf the important things of life.  Such priority is a one way ticket to Hell. 

2 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Amen.

Pumice said...

And Maranatha!

Grace and peace.