Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Bountiful or Iniquity – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verses 7-9
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Bountiful or Iniquity
I chose to gather these verses together for this devotional, because they all seem to be flowing in the same theme. All three verses have something to do with money, and how it’s used.
We’ve got financial status, lending, borrowing, reaping, and giving, all tied together above. Now, we can part these out, and each verse has its own separate meaning. But when together, we see a picture about the usage of our finances.
Having finance in mind, let’s see what plays out.
The rich rules over the poor, but the question is how. How is the rich ruling over the poor? Is he ruling in a manner that is just and bountiful? Is he ruling over the poor as a hard taskmaster, sowing iniquity?
We know from the New Testament, that the love of money is the root of all evil. These verses consider the heart of one who has the money, and we can observe differences between those who love the money, and those who may have it, but don’t love it.
We’ve got two folks to talk about in the three verses above, both are rich. One, is a worker of iniquity, the other, is one who has a bountiful eye.
The worker of iniquity does all things through their own justs, and strive to benefit from whatever it takes to feed those lusts. Clearly, this is a person who loves money more than he would love anything else that might get between he and his money. Including morality and a clean conscience.
A worker of iniquity is one who literally works through and deals with iniquities. In this state of mind, the ends always justify the means, particularly if the ends are devised in a sinful manner. Everything goes, so long as they prosper and can get away with it.
Many wealthy people live and die in their iniquities, only being held accountable after death. From our point of view, they lived a lavish life, and wound up getting away with their wicked ways, or suppressive practices over those who served them in whatever manner. But spiritually speaking, they’ve already received their temporary reward, that ran out the minute they departed.
From there forward, the rod of their anger failed them, as they have no saving grace, and no more pull after death. They will spend all of eternity, receiving the penalties that they so quickly placed upon their own shoulders. We see this played out in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
But he who has a bountiful eye, as depicted in the scripture above, though he is wealthy takes no love for the money he has, and knows that there are larger things at play than money. He is a giving person, that wants better for others, and wants to do what he can to leave others better off than when he found them.
He knows that he’s been blessed, and understands the responsibility that comes with favor of the Lord. He is blessed because he’s been a blessing, and is also blessed to be a blessing, to those who have dealings with him.
People at the top make decisions that are going to impact people that are either subject to them, or are under them in some way, shape, or form. Should they be as the bountiful man, or as the worker of iniquity, we can see the contents of their heart by what they do and how they affect others, as well as whether or not they are poisoned by the love of their money.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Thank you once again for your Word, and how we are all enriched by everything that you’ve placed inside it. Help us to always find the treasures that you’ve placed inside it, and to not be too blinded by the world, that we may recognize all that you will for us with opened eyes. Concerning all that you’ve given materially, help all of us to be wise with it, understanding that we are not to love money or the things it can acquire. Bless us all in this Lord, so that we lack in nothing, and are able to bless those who you desire us to bless, and be good stewards of that which you’ve given. Cause for us to be as the man with the bountiful eye, not as the worker of iniquity. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Being honest with yourself, which category would you fall into if you have (or should you wind up with) plenty; bountiful or iniquity?