Proverbs 23 – August 23

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Proverbs 23
Author: Ralph Beistle

I recently was reminded of my appreciation for those in the medical profession. At my periodic check-up appointment, my doctor ordered an x-ray. I do not know when he received the radiology report, but he called me just before 10:00 p.m. to tell me to go to the ER that night for a CT scan for a more definitive study. After the scan, the ER doctor reported to me at 3:10 a.m. that the potential problem had been ruled out and released me.

At my next appointment, I asked my doctor what the report revealed. He said that he had not requested a report, but a phone call from the ER doctor. I don’t know whether he received that call in the middle of the night or the next day, but the timing of the call isn’t the reason I thought of this story. While reading Proverbs 23, I came across these verses:

Do not wear yourself our to get rich;
do not trust in your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (23.4-5, NIV)

Many people think that individuals become doctors to get rich. I beg to differ. I don’t think many would expend the effort, or the thousands and thousands of dollars, solely for the reason that they want to be compensated for the sacrifices made to prepare themselves to practice medicine. I personally would not want to exchange professions with someone who works such long hours that they make 10:00 p.m. calls to patients about whom they are concerned. Add to that the burden of making life or death decisions about some trusting patient’s life. I’m sure glad that some people have that kind of a heart for helping those who cannot help themselves. God bless good doctors!

The principle applies also to others not in the medical professions as well. The point being made in Proverbs 23 has to do with the purpose for which we undertake the roles we have chosen for ourselves. The worst choice for a purpose in life is to get rich and yet the fascination for things money can buy and the allure of riches has ruined many lives through the centuries. Please understand me. I know that having wealth is not bad for us; just having the quest for wealth can be disappointing if that is the sole purpose for our daily lives.

How blessed we are to be able to glorify God by serving others among whom we live daily. And may God bless all those who seek to worship and serve the One who provides us all things.

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