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5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
don’t rely on your own intelligence.
6 Know him in all your paths,
and he will keep your ways straight.
7 Don’t consider yourself wise.
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body will be healthy
and your bones strengthened.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the first of all your crops.
10 Then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will burst with wine.
11 Don’t reject the instruction of the Lord, my son;
don’t despise his correction.
7 Some pretend to be rich but have nothing,
while others pretend to be poor, but have great riches.
8 Wealth can ransom a person’s life,
but the poor don’t even receive threats.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 The empty-headed cause conflict out of pride;
those who take advice are wise.
11 Riches gotten quickly [or from meaninglessness] will dwindle,
but those who acquire them gradually become wealthy.
2 Everyone’s path is straight in their own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 Acting with righteousness and justice
is more valued by the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Prideful eyes, an arrogant heart, and
the lamp of the wicked are all sinful.
5 The plans of the diligent end up in profit,
but those who hurry end up with loss.
6 Those who gain treasure with lies
are like a drifting fog, leading to death.
7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
for they refuse to act with justice.
Proverbs pictured divine wisdom (the “speaker” in Proverbs 3) as a woman teaching in the public square (cf. Proverbs 1:20-21). Scholar John Walton saw this theme in the wisdom of Proverbs: “While wealth is considered a good thing, and even a gift of Yahweh when acquired honestly, it is not the most important thing by far. If a decision must be made between wealth or a right relationship with God, or between having much or having love and peace, then the latter of each pair is far better.”*
O God, as we just studied, when I’m open to your Spirit, you grow fruit like patience and self-control in me. Guide me as I apply that fruit in the financial area of life as well. Amen.
One of the greatest gifts my parents have given me is their example of generosity. As a kid, I remember them writing checks every month to countless missionaries, charities, and churches, supporting the work of God throughout the world. They donated to friends who created Christian educational materials for children, to people at church who lost loved ones and couldn’t pay for the funeral, to every church they’d been a part of as the Air Force moved our family around the country.
Even while our family of six was living in a small, military apartment, my parents were giving. And their giving didn’t stop at financial gifts. They took in pets for people who couldn’t care for them any more. They were deeply involved in the life of the church, teaching Sunday Schools and serving in whatever ways they could (and encouraging us, their children, to serve, too), and spending their time and energy in many other ways to nurture the life and wellness of the church community.
I think my parents are probably the most generous people I’ve ever known. And I say “I think” there because I actually don’t know how much they’ve given, or even how much they continue to give now that they’re retired. They have never shared with me, their child, how much of their income they give away, because they never wanted it to be about a dollar amount.
For them, it was always about having a posture of generosity. They knew that they felt blessed by God, and they wanted to pass those blessings on to the people around them.
It is that posture of generosity that they wanted to pass on to their children, and that generosity is something I aspire to every day.
* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 141096-141098). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
** Paul E. Koptak, Proverbs in The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003, p. 120.