Consistently reading and meditating on God’s word in Proverbs, and then actually applying it in our lives can bring a great harvest in our lives. Our Father has provided us with this depth of reference material on our relationships with others, with God, and even in our own personal choices. As human nature (and God’s nature) have not and will not change, this is never obsolete. Take care not to assume it has no relevance for today. Read carefully and with a humble heart such that the Spirit may use the scriptures to guide you personally in its application for your life.
I have included the verses most related to managing our finances, but always encourage you to read through the whole chapter.
4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
7There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
But the poor hears no rebuke.
10Through insolence comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
11Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers by labor increases it.
13The one who despises the word will be in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death.
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool displays folly.
18Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline,
But he who regards reproof will be honored.
20He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21Adversity pursues sinners,
But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
But it is swept away by injustice.
25The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite. God will provide for the righteous to have “enough” and due to a righteous attitude they know to be content, rather than always wanting more. It is not a promise that we will have everything we want, but rather that we will simply have enough. With the help of the Spirit… “enough” can satisfy. I believe this applies for more than just food in God’s promises for His people.
Which verse(s) is the Spirit bringing to your attention and focus? Dwell on them and pray about it. Ask God to show you and help you make changes in your life.
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