Proverbs in 365 Devotions

August 1

Proverbs 13:8 The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.
Have You Been Kidnapped

And Held For Ransom?

Robin Aylor

What if you were kidnapped by someone and they called your spouse and said: “I will release your husband unharmed for a million dollars”? If you’re poor like me there would be a problem. You family bank account does not have a million dollars in it. The ransom for your life is only Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Dollars and eighteen cents… Less, of course if all the outstanding checks clear the bank! Right?

So yes, the ransom of a man’s life is his wealth and… poor people just don’t get held for ransom because they are not worth much to a kidnapper.

Solomon tells us this truth about life but why? What wisdom is there for us… Is it best to be poor to keep from being kidnapped?

Proverbs 13:8 The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.
So what can we learn from this spiritually?

Jesus talked about this in Matthew 5:3… He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  This is the man who realizes he is bankrupt spiritually; he turns to the Lord for mercy.

Once his life was held for ransom by sin and he would pay the price from day to day with everything he had but in the end sin would still have him and it would end in death… But God, rich in mercy sent his only Son to die and pay Sin’s fee and ransom his life from sins hold.

And now since he believed, Jesus is his greatest treasure and no one can steal him away… and now he has riches beyond measure stored up in the kingdom of heaven. No one can touch them. They are safe and his life is safe from all pursuers.

And while on earth sin has no more hold on him. You see Jesus defeated death and gives him the same power that raised him to fight sin every day. When he does fall and pulled toward the promises of sin, he turns back to Christ his greatest treasure… He realizes the promises of sin are all just scams!!! He turns back to his greatest treasure  Christ who has paid the ransom for his soul.