Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 19:6 Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. 7 All a poor man’s brothers hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but does not have them.
His Poverty Our Gain
You may have heard the saying “It’s all about the money”. Well that's the way it works in the kingdoms of this world. We find that people in the broken world give to those who are wealthy in order to gain more for themselves.
That’s how it works in politics and thats how it works with our neighbors and acquaintances.
In Politics people give support including money to their chosen candidates… not with hopes to overflow their favorite nominee’s pockets with cash but to better their own pockets and those of their own families.
As for our rich acquaintances, we fall into the same trap as we do in politics. We seek for them to be our friend with gifts and various forms of flattery, not for their benefit… not for the ultimate purpose of proclaiming their glory, but in hopes for our own exaltation.
This is why no one flatters the poor… except in the areas they are rich in. If the poor have something others want… the poor can be the most vulnerable and easy to flatter for that prize. The poor are most often taken advantage of by others to gain power… and especially in politics where we see many who make promises to the poor with insincere motivations. Politicians want their vote… they want them to be their friends… why? Because their vote will give them power and control… So they appeal to their needs and they appeal to mankind’s weaknesses in order to enable them to stay poor that they might hold on to their sense of supremacy over them. No matter where you stand in politics you can surely see this in your own party’s appeal to the poor at times.
Thankfully the kingdom of God operates much different than the world… and Jesus himself gives us the example to follow.
Speaking of Jesus 2nd Corinthians 8:9 says: ..for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
Jesus was not like us… he was not like most politicians. He willingly gave up everything including life so we might have true life and receive an inheritance in him.
Mark 10:42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”