Thursday, December 26, 2013

Can Wisdom Make You Wealthy? Proverbs 17:16

Is there a relationship between being wise and being rich?

"Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they do not intend to understand it?" Proverbs 17:16.

The Bible says a fool is anybody who turns away from God. The fool in this verse does not seek God in the handling of his resources.

Not only money but gifts, blessings, talents and any attribute may be applied here.

A spiritually wise person is one who seeks God's mind on a matter and applies it to the situation.

A practically wise person takes time to learn and uses knowledge to make the best decisions.

Wealth requires both types of wisdom.

Wealth is a trust from God and we must be wise in order to administer that trust. We can use money to increase our measure of wisdom; we can improve ourselves and then become better servants of God and of his people.

The foolish person ignores wisdom and fails to make good choices; they do not take the time to think things through and seek the counsel of godly people or search the Word Of God for direction. The fool squanders wealth without regard for God's purposes, he consumes wealth, his paycheck is earned and then spent.

You may think of this verse saying, "So if you have a lot of money but you are a fool and don't use it wisely what good is it?"  Of course, the answer is none; if you have much money or just a little you must seek wisdom; it does not guarantee you will get wealthy but it will always be the better option.