“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” - Proverbs 3:9, 10.
It seems that the vast majority of people in these days of greatly concerned with the keeping and/or gaining of wealth. If we could put our finger on someone from the Biblical era who was absolutely well suited in regard to the matter of finances and wealth, it would surely be one like Solomon (though there are quite a number of others that would at least be in the running for consideration. The first 10 content of this chapter develop what we could call the “Precepts of Wisdom”. In verses 1-10 he speaks of what makes for physical and spiritual well-being. Verse 11-12 claims that adversity is shaped by God into what can be seen to be the discipline of the a loving father. Verses 13-18 adds to this by tell us that it inculcates a genuinely true sense of values. Verses 19-20 seeks to give us a spiritual understanding of God’s creation; and is followed, in a large section (21-35) that teaches concerning what could be called “practical righteousness.
We’re giving our attention, in verse 9-10 to think a bit about a Biblical view of possessions. It does so by demanding that they be used in order to and in a way that honors God. Solomon has already touched upon this by telling us that we must trust God (v5); which was done by giving our first-fruits, our first and best to God. He will later (v27,28) instruct us to be fair in the use of it and by giving generously (v25); as well as by obeying the Pentateuch (Dt. 6:9-11) and giving thanks for all He gives to us. He tells us that the result of this will be prosperity and satisfaction. It is interesting that what is earlier referred to as the “fear of the Lord” often affects one’s body vigor and their finances with prosperity.
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