(Proverbs 28:22 KJV) He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
We have all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This verse seems to be saying that “evil” (7451) is in the heart of the be-doer. An “eye” (5869) does not have moral quality. Flip Wilson did not say “My eye made me do it.” Notice it is the “man” (376) who is chasing wealth. That is because his heart decided what his eye should be looking for. Then his heart directed his feet what to pursue.
One basic teaching of the Bible is that we are all born sinners. We are born with evil hearts. That does not mean that we are all little Hitler’s. It means that we have a tendency toward ourselves and away from God. The Holy Spirit works on us most of our lives, trying to get us to respond to the call of God on our lives. He is trying to bring us to repentance. He wants to save us. That is really hard to do when our heart is directing all of our six senses toward something like “wealth” (1952).
So? Some have already responded and just need a reminder for a spiritual tune up. Some are so far down the road to perdition that their ears are not working any more. Some are hearing the call and still sensitive. Only you and God know where you are on this chart.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
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