Both the rich and the poor are in danger of neglecting God’s wisdom regarding finances. No matter how much you possess, you must be careful to prioritize biblical perspectives and biblical practices.
Reminders About Proverbs
- Proverbs are more scattered than sequential.
- Proverbs are more principles than promises.
- Proverbs are more expressive than exhaustive.
Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
9 lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
How the Rich Deny God
- Rich people are prone to deny God’s provision because they are busy boasting in their performance.
- The more you accumulate, the less likely you are to acknowledge God.
How the Poor Dishonor God
- If you believe you deserve more than you have, you might be tempted to justify taking it by any means necessary.
- Honest, hard work honors God, but deceptive, lazy thievery dishonors Him.
How You Can Dignify God
- You can experience financial ruin on either side of the coin by disregarding God.
- It’s not about what you have, but what you do with it.
- The level to which you invite God into your financial decisions reveals the depth of your spiritual maturity.
Would you take the next month of your life to evaluate if your financial decisions honor God?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.