Proverbs Blog – Wealth a By-product

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“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”~ Proverbs 23:5

“With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.”~ Proverbs 8:18

So do we have a contradiction here?  One verse says if we look for wealth it will elude us and the second verse says that with wisdom is wealth.

The clear teaching is that wealth and wisdom are often found together and the Bible does not condemn wealth for the believer.  But unlike popular teachings, seeking wealth will not produce wealth.  Chasing riches is like chasing birds – they will fly away.

Wealth is a by-product.  You work with passion to build a business,  serve a group of customers, to create wonderful art, and one day, you find yourself wealthy.

So put away the “How to Get Rich Books” from your library and find what it is you want to do with your life.  Then work at with all your heart.

“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.” ~ Henry Ford

 

Proverbs Blog – Tebow’s Bible Verse – What Does It Mean?

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Former college star Tim Tebow was cut as quarterback from the New York Jets this week. He then tweeted the following Bible verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5

What did he mean by this?  What does the verse mean?

The teaching is about faith. It means that we are not to walk by sight. We should not use rules, laws, feelings or our own abilities to be our guide in life.  We are to look behind the visible world to the God who created all things as our source of guidance.

So, how do Christians receive guidance?

1. We seek God through prayer and study of the Bible. We do this in all areas of life – big and little.

2. We seek guidance and choose a direction carefully looking to God for confirmation.  Often a direction that was never considered prior to prayer now appears a very good choice.

3. We walk down that path with confidence and watch obstacles disappear and doors that were formally closed begin to open.

This is why the Christian refers to opportunities as “doors opening and closing.” In the case of Mr. Tebow, the locker room door with the Jets has slammed shut. He is now in the difficult but necessary time of praying, seeking, trusting and ultimately finding the next direction his life will take.

I have little doubt it will be more exciting, fulfilling and thrilling then anything the New York Jets had to offer.