Tuesday

"The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD is the maker of them all ... Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss". (vv. 2, 16)

Proverbs 22:1-16 Tuesday 20 September 2016

Psalm: Psalm 9:1-10
 

Background

The book of Proverbs is a collection of practical wisdom thatteaches people how to live on a daily basis. It is full of sayingsthat are still used today in everyday life. It seeks to encouragepeople to be wise; to make the choices that will lead to successand happiness. 

Wisdom, we are told, is rooted in a proper respect for God. Thiswill equip people to plot a course through the many challenges andcontradictions of human life. The rewards of wisdom are very real,even material and are to be enjoyed and shared in our lifetogether, here and now. 

Wisdom, to be found in this passage, includes the assertion thatboth rich and poor are made by God; the clever avoid danger whilstthe simple walk straight into it; the cautious keep away from thethorns and traps and if you educate children well they will grow upto be wise. 

Generosity towards the poor is a great virtue whilst injustice andoppression will lead to disaster. Far more important than wealthand riches is the good name that comes through being humble andkind in word and deed.
 

To Ponder

  • Are there people you would describe as being wise? Whatparticular qualities do they display?
  • What part does God play in your decision-making processes whenfaced with the difficult choices in life?
  • What do you understand by generosity and in what ways do youseek to be generous?
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