Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 6 P.51 – Poverty

Proverbs 6: King James Bible

Poverty – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verses 10-11

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses

There’s something to be said about those kinds of folks that move swiftly against someone, or comes at somebody as an armed man. They’re quick, sudden, and typically catch their victims off guard. They’re also without remorse, nor are they willing to be reasoned with.

This is the picture that the Lord is painting as it relates to want and poverty. Let’s take a couple of real world examples that could relate to the scriptures above.

Say you have a flat tire, and you use a spare (not a temporary doughnut tire, but an extra real tire). No problem. Time goes on and you’ve neglected due diligence to replace the spare in order to be prepared for the next tire blow out.

Inevitably, after awhile another tire blows out. Now you’re stuck. Guess what? Want has just come upon you as an armed man. Too bad you don’t have the money to buy a new one now, due to the night out on the town the night before.

Now, because you didn’t get a new tire for a spare when you had the chance, and not being prepared for a sudden issue (another tire blowout), you’ve used up any money that you’d need to buy a new one. With any luck, a friend or family member can swing you a few bucks for a new tire quickly.

But if that’s not the case, this unwise decision, which at one time may have cost enough for  a tire, and it to be mounted to the rim, now has the chance to not just cause for you to want, but is a great example how poverty can come just as suddenly.

Instead of just a tire, now it’s a tow and a tire. Without the money for a tire, you certainly don’t have money for a tow, and that causes your car to sit in the lot. That also costs money on a daily basis (an outrageous amount around these parts by the way). So now the clock is ticking, and as you try to figure out how to pay for all of this, the costs grow daily.

But I hope that night out on the town was worth it! Want and poverty has come in a flash. Some diligence through wisdom could have avoided this whole scenario. Many things can happen outside of our control. But there are just as many things that are in our control.

Be diligent, pay attention to wisdom, and don’t put things off as the sluggard would do. As the Lord says, go to the ant, observe it’s ways. Are we not greater than ants? Of course we are. The Father would rather us take care of things just as diligently as we would expect him to be.

Related New Testament Scripture

Philippians 4: King James Bible

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

2 Corinthians 8: King James Bible

9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

James 1: King James Bible

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.



Let us not be like the sluggard. Let us not have poverty come upon us, or the want that comes so swiftly. We know Lord, there is nothing on this earth that will satisfy, save for your presence and portion of your Holy Spirit. All the rest is our support as we traverse through this world. Give to us our fill of what you want for us to have, and grant us the wisdom, cause for us to be diligent enough, to make wise decisions guided by your knowledge, and to avoid making problems worse when they crop up. All these things we pray in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus.


Question – Poverty

Has Poverty and want ever come upon you suddenly like an armed man?

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