(Proverbs 31:18 KJV) She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
There are two possible reminders here depending on which translation you use. If you take the KJV you have “merchandise” (gain NASB) (5504) that is “good” (2896a). This would say that this woman who is engaged in business in a multitude of ways produces a good product. She does not cut corners or sell defective goods. If you look over the passage you see that she is involved in real estate and manufacturing. These are not things to be avoided because you are a Christian.
If you prefer the NASB then it seems to be talking more about profit. Profit is not a sin. In fact it is necessary if you are going to support yourself instead of living off of others. Picture a farmer that does not grow enough wheat to have seed for next year or surplus to sell so he can buy what he cannot grow. How about a factory owner that does not have enough left over to pay his taxes and utilities. The key of course is to deal fairly with your customers and employees.
So? Go out and do well, not just do good. Make a living. Profit. Produce. Add to the world around you. And of course share.
Monday, October 31, 2016
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