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.