Proverbs 23 – July 23

CC Image courtesy of Henti Smith on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of Henti Smith on Flickr.

Proverbs 23
Author: Matthew Killough

Proverbs 23 is in the middle of a section labeled, “Thirty Sayings of the Wise”. Over the thirteen sayings in chapter 23 we find wide variety: from gluttony to discipline to the dangers of drunkenness, the author has many warnings. Of course all of these are good advice but the one that has caught my attention is saying number eight:

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust in your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for the they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”

There is perhaps no better advice for the overworked American than this admonition to not “wear yourself out”. The pursuit of wealth has crushed too many men, women, families and churches in our world. As your work week winds down consider thinking about what matters in eternity. Will your wealth place you in favor with God? Read Luke 12:13 – 21 to get Jesus’ take on the matter.