Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.
Like Fly's On Phooo!
Well, let’s see… I think we all know the truth in this. There are certain kinds of people in the world who are friendly with people they think they can profit from. True? These people dislike and ignore those who they cannot gain from which much of the time tends to be the poor.
It is common for people who have won lots of money or have received a large inheritance to be swarmed with folk who want to be their friends. Maybe you’ve seen the movie 2nd Hand Lions which is a great example of people claiming to be friends with the two best friends that came into lots of money. These greedy fair weather friends can be shallow leeches that attach themselves to people with money and live by sucking off of others life blood the way parasites do. They will stick close to them like a fly on a million dollar race horse. Shoot, partner, they might even be satisfied for a while just to swarm around the trail of poo they leave behind. That's what those annoying friendly flies do… So from this perspective the rich do have many of those kinds of friends. We human beings… we’re so easily swayed by money and greed that we all have to guard against it’s pull.
Well, you know people can be rich in a lot of other areas besides money. Some are rich in knowledge… and so people friend these people for their own benefit and take advantage of their wealth in this area. You might be rich in influence. Maybe your uncle is a record producer or your niece is a country music star. If so, wannabe songwriters and singers from all around will come to you wanting to be your friend so they can take advantage of your riches in influence.
If you would be rich, be rich in your relationship to God. His word has promised an unlimited supply of the best treasures.
Ephesians 3:8 says: To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
The riches of Christ are unsearchable in that we can never exhaust them. That is a lot of riches.
Being rich in Christ brings us real friends… true friends… not fair-weather friends that are seeking their own gain. Being rich in Christ brings us brothers and sisters who love one another with godly love. We are a family and we are friends who together share in the riches of Christ for eternity.