- Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. (3:9-10)
- Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. (8:10)
- Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. (10:4)
- The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little. (10:20)
- Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. (11:4)
- A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. (11:16)
- He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf. (11:28)
- There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. (13:7)
- Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it. (13:11)
- Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. (14:4)
- The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. (14:20-21)
- Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. (15:6)
- Better is a little with the fear of the Lord Than great treasure and turmoil with it. (15:16)
- Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice. (16:18)
- A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination. (18:11)
- The poor man utters supplications, But the rich man answers roughly. (18:23)
- Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. (19:1)
- Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend. (19:4)
- House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord. (19:14)
- One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed. (19:17)
- What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it isbetter to be a poor man than a liar. (19:22)
- Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food. (20:13)
- He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered. (21:13)
- He who loves pleasure will becomea poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich. (21:17)
- A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. (22:1)
- The rich and the poor have a common bond, The Lord is the maker of them all. (22:2)
- The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life. (22:4)
- He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. (22:16)
- Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. (23:4-5)
- The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him. (28:11)
- A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him. (28:22)
- Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion. (30:8)
There is much about the Christian life that makes it rewarding.
We receive riches:
Paul told the Corinthians that they had “become rich” and had “become kings” because of what Christ had done for them (1 Corinthians 4:8).
The Romans were told that God is “abounding in riches for all who call on Him” (Romans 10:12).
The gentiles in Ephesus were told of “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).
The Philippians were told that “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
We receive abundant life:
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
We receive salvation:
Peter told his readers that they were “obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
We receive more than we give up:
Jesus told his followers, “there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30)
But there are some things that we are not guaranteed, even as God’s children.
We are not guaranteed that life will be comfortable. Rather, we can expect:
“Various trials.” (James 1:2)
“Many tribulations.” (Acts 14:22)
“Tribulation,” “distress,” “persecution,” “famine,” “nakedness,” “peril,” and “sword.” (Romans 8:35)
The hatred of the world. (Mark 13:13)
Insults, persecutions, and all kinds of false accusations. (Matthew 5:11)
Unjust suffering. (1 Peter 2:19)
Thorns in the flesh. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
The fiery darts of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)
Imprisonment. (Revelation 2:10)
By an accident of history and geography, we live in a land where the physical persecution of Christians is exceptionally rare. But this does not mean that the Christian life will be comfortable for us.
He has given us great riches in Christ. He has given us an opportunity for new and abundant life. He has offered us salvation. He has given us more than we could ever give back.
But He has not promised to make us “comfortable.” Will we not step out of our comfort zones, for the sake of the gospel, for the sake of the needy, and for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ?