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Proverbs on Managing Money

Rejoice over the real value of wealth.

Proverbs 10:22, "The blessing of the Lord makes rich and he adds no sorrow with it."

 

Heed the subtle dangers of wealth.

The desire for wealth can foster greed and injustice.

Proverbs 11:1, "A false balance is an abomination to the Lord but a just weight is his delight."
Proverbs 11:26, "The people curse him who holds back grain but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it."

 

The desire for wealth can feed pride and arrogance.

Proverbs 28:11, "A rich man is wise in his own eyes but a poor man who has understanding will find him out."
Proverbs 30:9, "Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, Who is the Lord?"

 

The desire for wealth can supplant trust in God.

Proverbs 18:11, "A rich man's wealth is his strong city and like a high wall in his imagination. Note the irony of ‘his strong city and high walls of his imagination."
Proverbs 11:28, "Whoever trusts in his riches will fall but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf."

 

The desire for wealth can distract us from eternal realities.

Proverbs 11:4, "Riches do not profit in the day of wrath but righteousness delivers from death."

Luke 12:16-21, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?"

 

Recognize the natural limits of wealth.

Wealth cannot develop character.

Proverbs 22:1, "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches and favor is better than silver or gold."

 

Wealth cannot last.

Proverbs 23:4-5, "Do not toil to acquire wealth be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone for suddenly it sprouts wings flying like an eagle toward heaven."

 

Wealth cannot save you. It cannot prevent heartache or disaster.

Proverbs 11:4, "Riches do not profit in the day of wrath but righteousness delivers from death."

Philippians 4:13, "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

 

The godly uses of wealth.

Approach God in prayer for contentment.

Proverbs 30:8-10, "Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God."

1 Tim 6:6-8, "But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content."

 

Be gracious to the poor.

Proverbs 18:23, "The poor use entreaties but the rich answer roughly."

Proverbs 29:13, "The poor man and the oppressor meet together, the Lord gives light to the eyes of both."

 

Consider your generosity.

Proverbs 11:24, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer, another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."

2 Cor 9:6, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."

2 Cor 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."