Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 19:4 Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
A Plethora Of Friends
Here is another common sense proverb. We know this truth… We see it in everyday life and in the News.
When a person becomes homeless they don’t make a whole lot of new friends… they may begin to build trust among others that are in the trenches with them… but even then, not all of them… Some who are desperate even those who they may have thought were their friend steal and take advantage of them.
And what about those who have recently acquired much wealth… maybe they won a sweepstakes or the lottery or received an inheritance. Yes of course… friends seem to pop out of the woodwork.
Of course, these are the ways of the broken world we live in. But remember, the kingdom of God operates much differently than the world.
I like the movie genre of Sci-fi and some Fantasy shows. And so I have this kind of personal analogy of the kingdom of God. I’m sure its not perfect… nevertheless, it makes me think of another dimension laid down on top of the physical world we live in. It syncs up with everything we do… It intersects with our world. And like the invisible wind that blows the trees and transforms the land, the Spirit transforms our lives and the lives of others across the globe.
And so as for the truth of this verse… how wealth brings friends and poverty brings desertion…. in the kingdom of God its totally different. Poverty brings a family of friends not only across the globe but the span of time. And what’s more, only a person who realizes their spiritual poverty can be accepted and adopted into the royal family of the King. Only one who files spiritual bankruptcy will receive an inheritance of all things, even sharing Gods glory in His kingdom.
How can we go against the grain of the worlds view of riches and poverty and friends? How can we walk in the Spirit with these in this broken world?
Luke 14:12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
You see that is what Jesus did for us.
2nd Corinthians 8:9 says: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.