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, December 20, 2016

Crying Uncle

(Proverbs 20:21 KJV)  An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Have you ever daydreamed about the rich uncle who died and left you his fortune?  You know, the rich uncle you never knew you had.  What would you do with all the money?  Maybe the limit to your imagination is getting an unexpected tax break.  What do you do with it?  Too often unexpected wealth does little but destroy the recipient.  The book The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley points out that many children of millionaires end up squandering their wealth and never learning to be productive.  That is why many wealthy parents will set up a trust that waits until they are older to give large sums.

God has chosen not to make me rich.  I have never bought a lottery ticket but have been in a few situations when sales reps have given them away.  I have been open to sudden riches but it didn’t happen.  I assume that God knows the money would have destroyed me.

So?  God’s pattern is hard work and a fair wage.  Some will do better than others but because He loves us He may keep us poor and happy.  I guess it could be considered an extension of the idea that He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.  That applies to “blessings” too. 

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