Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
At first glance this passage seems to be wrong. At least to many people.
But let’s take a closer look and discover some valuable wisdom for the day.
Key Lessons From Proverbs 28:6
Here are my big ‘takeaways’ from this verse. This is not ALL there is, but these are first issues that come to mind.
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1. The contrast is not between Poor vs Rich. Rather it is between Upright vs Perverse.
We must keep this in mind. God never condemns the rich person ‘just because they are rich.’ If They are condemned it is because of their behavior and attitude regarding their wealth.
2. Earthly stuff will pass away.
This world will pass away and a new earth will be established (So says the Bible). Don’t spend your time investing in only the things of this earth; rather invest in the things of the world to come.
3. Those who are untrustworthy have no true friends.
How can they? Friendship is built on trust and mutual respect. Those who use people never build relationships that matter.
4. Get priorities in the right order.
Use things and Value people. Don’t get that out of order.
5. Money can’t buy the things that matter.
We’ve all heard the joke, ‘Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy the things that make you happy.’
This is naive and foolish. It makes for a good laugh, but it produces a terrible life.
Neither money or things can produce real joy, love, peace, (or any other value that really matters).
Classic example: Elvis Presley had it all. Money. Fame. Talent. But according to history, he died lonely, strung out, and wondering who his true friends were. If money and fame can get you anything, why are so many wealthy people miserable?
Wealth is not a sin. Trusting your wealth and worshipping things is.
In the video below I expand and expound on implications from this verse.
What Does This Passage Teach Us?
God has a better way to live than what the world presents. The world insists that money, sex and fame will give you happiness. If you are a certain size, live in a certain neighborhood, drive a certain car…these things (according to the world system) will make you happy.
But the Word of God contradicts that. True wisdom is knowing what is truly valuable and building you life upon it.
What Spiritual Lessons Can We Learn?
One of the biggest spiritual lessons I draw from this passage is that I can trust God’s perspective.
God has a ‘Better’ life for me. But I can only access that life by coming into alignment with His ways.
What Challenges Does It Present?
The biggest challenge is that this truth contradicts everything the world system declares as truth.
We have to decide what voice we will listen to. God’s Word? Or the World?
What Promises Does It Provide?
The idea of a ‘better’ life is packed with rich meaning.
The beginning point is to realize that what God has is truly better. The world can only offer a substitute for the genuine life of God.
How Can We Apply This To Our Lives?
Believe the truth of God’s Word is the beginning place. Meditate on this passage. Let it sink it so it becomes your perspective on life.
Then, make choices that line up with this truth.
Are there areas in your life that you need to work on?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
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