Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty and Prosperity in Proverbs

Today, I launch a study series on, “Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty and Prosperity in Proverbs.” The first reason why I chose this theme is because it is there. The book of Proverbs is full of it. God teaches us a lot of wisdom about poverty and prosperity. To ignore it is to forfeit the blessing of wisdom.

The second reason is the need to develop the right perspective about money. The world tells us that prosperity is good and poverty is bad. We are told that money is a blessing of God and we should seek it. What does God think about it?

The third reason is that money is a part of our lives—we cannot live without it. Therefore, we must know God’s will about money or no money.

In our series, we shall survey selected texts that speak of poverty and prosperity. I pray that we shall learn to handle the critical issues of poverty and prosperity according to divine wisdom in Proverbs.


One thought on “Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty and Prosperity in Proverbs


    While Singapore is preparing it’s way here to Philippines to spread their false prosperity doctrine, pastors especially in the born again pentecostal churches should take heed of the warning and shut the door instead of taking the $$ in.

    Remember that all these talk about prosperity in the old testament is summed up by this verse:

    Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
    – Proverbs 23:4

    By God’s common grace, he decides whom to prosper and whom not to prosper.

    He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
    – Matthew 5:45

    By God’s will, He gives food to people who are hardworking.

    The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
    – Proverbs 20:4

    Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
    – Proverbs 20:13

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