Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wisdom Principles--Rely on God Rather than Material Wealth

Prayer with fasting and alms with uprightness are better than riches with iniquity. Better to practice almsgiving than to hoard up gold.

 Though he amass silver like dust and gather fine clothes like clay, 17 let him gather!-some good man will wear them, while his silver is shared among the upright.
18 All he has built himself is a spider's web, made himself a watchman's shack.
19 He goes to bed rich, but never again: he wakes to find it has all gone
20 Terror assails him in broad daylight, and at night a whirlwind sweeps him off.
21 An east wind picks him up and drags him away, snatching him up from his homestead.
22 Pitilessly he is turned into a target, and forced to flee from the hands that menace him.
23 His downfall is greeted with applause, he is hissed wherever he goes.

Had I put my trust in gold or called fine gold my security; 25 or had I rejoiced that my wealth was great, or that my hand had acquired abundance
28 This too would be a crime for condemnation, for I should have denied God above.

What little the upright possesses outweighs all the wealth of the wicked; 17 for the weapons of the wicked shall be shattered, while Yahweh supports the upright.

I am not afraid in times of danger when I am surrounded by enemies, by evil people who trust in their riches and boast of their great wealth. We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives, because the payment for a human life is too great. What we could pay would never be enoughto keep us from the grave, to let us live forever. 10 Anyone can see that even the wise die, as well as the foolish and stupid. They all leave their riches to their descendants.

 Do not be overawed when someone gets rich, and lives in ever greater splendor;17 when he dies he will take nothing with him, his wealth will not go down with him.
18 Though he pampered himself while he lived -- and people praise you for looking after yourself- 19 he will go to join the ranks of his ancestors, who will never again see the light.

So God will ruin you forever; he will take hold of you and snatch you from your home; he will remove you from the world of the living. Righteous people will see this and be afraid; then they will laugh at you and say, “Look, here is someone who did not depend on God for safety, but trusted instead in great wealth and looked for security in being wicked.” But I am like an olive tree growing in the house of God; I trust in his constant love forever and ever.

Even if your riches increase, don't depend on them. 11 More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to him.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Confidence placed in riches comes to nothing.

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

The ransom for life is a person's wealth; but the poor will not hear the reproof.

Better to have little and with it fear of Yahweh than immense wealth and with it anxiety.

17 Better a dish of herbs when love is there than a fattened ox and hatred to go with it.

Better have little and with it uprightness than great revenues with injustice.

Better be humble with the poor than share the booty with the proud.

Better a mouthful of dry bread with peace than a house filled with quarrelsome sacrifices.

Better the poor living an honest life than the adept at double-talk who is a fool.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust 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.

Better someone poor living an honest life than someone of devious ways however rich.
Proverbs 28:25
The covetous provokes disputes, whoever trusts in Yahweh will prosper.

Keep falsehood and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches, grant me only my share of food, 9 for fear that, surrounded by plenty, I should fall away and say, 'Yahweh-who is Yahweh?' or else, in destitution, take to stealing and profane the name of my God.

For here is one who has labored wisely, skillfully and successfully and must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This is futile too, and grossly unjust; 22 for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun-23 since his days are full of sorrow, his work is full of stress and even at night he has no peace of mind? This is futile too.

Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, “I have enough.”

Do not say, “I have enough, and what calamity could happen to me in the future?”

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; 24 but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord.”

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

So do not worry; do not say, "What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?" 32It is the gentiles who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. 33Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God's saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. 34So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. 

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.”

I have learnt to manage with whatever I have.12 I know how to live modestly, and I know how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty.13 There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.

And now, you rich people, listen to me! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths. Your gold and silver are covered with rust, and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire. You have piled up riches in these last days. You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty. Your life here on earth has been full of luxury and pleasure. You have made yourselves fat for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent people, and they do not resist you.

You say to yourself: I am rich, I have made a fortune and have everything I want, never realizing that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. 18 I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you truly rich, and white robes to clothe you and hide your shameful nakedness, and ointment to put on your eyes to enable you to see.