Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. 21 To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. 22 A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
Bristling With Blessings
In today’s passage Solomon says how a faithful man will be bristling with blessings… overflowing… And then instead of simply giving a one line negative end for the one who is not faithful, he expounds on this truth in more detail than usual.
So one man in the text is faithful. Then, interestingly; without using the word “unfaithful”, Solomon uses other words to show us some of the attributes of this unfaithful man.
* He is one who hastens to be rich and some form of punishment will come of it.
* He shows partiality towards others. In other words he treats people differently when he things he can benefit from doing so.
* He is willing to break laws and take advantage of others to get something he wants or needs.
Then in verse 22 Solomon repeats the fact that hasting after wealth is a bad thing and he uses a curious word… “stingy”. “A stingy man”. The dictionary on my computer says stingy means: “unwilling to give or spend;”
Again, Verse 22 says: A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
So Solomon gives us all these things that relate to a man being obsessed with money and getting rich quick and doing whatever it takes to do it… and somehow he seems to be saying this is the opposite of the faithful man who will abound with blessings.
To be faithful is to be steadfast in the things of God. To persevere in loving our neighbor as ourself… To find our joy in God and his words and not money or status or the things of this world. This faithful man will bristle with blessings.
That does not mean money is bad in itself. Like anything else it can be used to bring glory to God. But rather it’s loving money so much that… even though one does not realize it… it has become what they worship and find their delight in.. You know, that is clearly making ourselves other gods that we place before the LORD.
1 Timothy 6:10 says: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
You see, money does not bring delights that rise to even be compared to the joys that come through Jesus. This is where God wants us to find our worship.
So… money is not bad and things are not bad… but loving and delighting in them… being so obsessed with them that we run after them hastily… We put all kinds of things on credit cards that we want right now because we think they will bring us joy. God wants us to walk in his joy and worship every second of every day.
In Deuteronomy 28 Israel is about to go into the promise land and God will overflow them blessings of all kinds of things meant for their good. But in this chapter God gives them a severe warning of around 100 curses that will come upon them if they do not do this one thing when they come into the promised land.
46 They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things,
So there is a practical aspect of being faithful and saving without obsessing… for this world.
Proverbs 13:11 says: 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
But at the end of the day it’s all gonna be long gone, right? So even here on earth whether we have much or little God has promised abundant overflowing blessings to those who have faith in him and in whom his faithfulness is working out in their life practically.
You know, Jesus is the only one who was ever truly faithful in this world. And his righteousness is applied to all who believe in him. On the cross he took the wages due us for our sin and gives us the wages due him for his righteousness… even fellowship and relationship and acceptance by God. In his resurrection we receive the same power he has over the hold sin has in death and in life as we walk in his joy and worship.