Scripture Reading: Proverbs 24:30–34
A. Because we live in the wealthiest society this world has ever known, one would think that Solomon’s advice on finances would not need to concern us so much.
B. The truth is that Solomon’s inspired counsel has perhaps greater applicability to us than to any people before us.
I. Wealth can be a great blessing.
A. The wealthy man can do many good things (Ecclesiastes 10:19; Proverbs 14:20; 19:4; 13:22).
B. There are, however, some drawbacks to wealth (Ecclesiastes 5:10–15; Proverbs 23:4–5; 8:12–21; 2:18–19).
C. There are things that are better than material wealth (Proverbs 15:16–17; 3:13–18; 11:4, 28; 19:1; 22:1).
II. How does one become wealthy?
A. Be diligent (Proverbs 12:24; 13:4; 28:19; 6:6–11; 24:30–34).
B. Be sensible (Proverbs 21:5, 14; 23:21; 27:23–27; 13:18).
C. Borrow and lend with only the greatest of care (Proverbs 22:7; 11:15; 17:18; 22:26–27).
D. Be honest (Proverbs 21:6; 28:20–22).
E. Be generous (Proverbs 22:9; 28:27; 10:4; 11:24–26).
F. Honor God with all that He gives you (Proverbs 3:7–10).
A. When it comes to material things, our wishes should be neither to have too little nor too much (Proverbs 30:7–9).
B. Although riches can be used for good, we must never put our trust in them (Proverbs 11:28), but in the God to whom they truly belong.