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Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.147 – Rich or Poor


Proverbs 13: King James Bible

Rich or Poor – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verses 7-8

7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. 8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Rich or Poor

These are verses that don’t make too much sense, till you slow down a bit and give them some thought. Thee is something that we should observe right off the bat.

Verse seven, tells us that there are those who make themselves either rich or poor. The intent, is to point out that it doesn’t make any bit of difference, what you make yourself concerning these things.

What’s being done, is the separation of flesh and spirit. You can gain the whole world, yet lose your soul by the potential of becoming spiritually polluted by the world. Similar to the verse that tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. Money isn’t the issue, it’s the spiritual condition of the one who’s got it that can be an issue.

What I’m clumsily trying to convey is, that you can be rich or poor, and have nothing. Also, you can be rich or poor and have great riches. In my view, rich or poor, should you go by the way of the grave without having called upon the name of the Lord Jesus, and become his, you’ve lived all your life for naught.

It’d have been better if you hadn’t been born, because eternity is quite a bit more than a day or two longer than our lifetime. If one were to go by the way of the grave having received Christ Jesus as Lord, well, that’s a whole different ballgame. You want to talk about riches?

I’d feel safe to say, that wealth isn’t an issue, when you’re heavenly estate is a place where gold is used as pavement. Rich or poor, if you have Christ Jesus, you have it all.

When we read verse 8, think of the things I just said, then think of Jesus. He is our ransom. Whatever the debt we’ve ever owed the Father because of sin and unrighteousness, it’s been paid in full. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches, and Christ Jesus himself, with all he’s done for all of us, is our riches, and the promise of a determined end, and a future.

But the poor are those who will cross the line into death without an advocate, but instead an accuser. Spiritually poor, twice dead, un-redeemed. They hear not a rebuke, they are scoffers against the Father and against the sacrifice of his Son.

They will enter into eternal life with nothing but regret, shame, and total separation from God the Father. That is the end result, and yes, it should be terrifying to those who don’t have Jesus as their advocate. If you’re not Born Again, read how easy it is, to receive the Lord’s free gift of Salvation.

Related New Testament Scripture

John 17: King James Bible

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John 12: King James Bible

25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Romans 6: King James Bible

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Timothy 6: King James Bible

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Revelation 3: King James Bible

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.



Thank you for the riches of your Word. We praise you for all that you’ve done, particularly sending Christ Jesus to suffer in our stead. May we always be reminded of the things that you’ve done, the extreme measures, to make yourself as accessible as possible toward all of us who’ve received Jesus. We thank you Father, and ask that you bring even more into the fold, all those who you foreknow, will be willing to call upon the name of the Lord for salvation. Quicken them Lord, as the days grow closer to your inevitable return. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



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3 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.147 – Rich or Poor

  1. Good morning Brian,
    Thank you for your counsel & prayers. I had not thought about King David’s experience in connection to this subject. He did this knowing God would take the child & knowing God’s mercy. You have given me solid truth to meditate on. As you say I do not know the heart of everyone like God does.
    God bless your day & thank you. In Jesus name,

  2. Hi Brian,
    I agree with your thoughts on today’s devotional. If you would I would like my comment not to be published on the page here. My writing to you is more for counsel. My oldest brother died at 87 this spring.
    I know I am not his judge & I do not belive I do judge him. He had always been my knight in shinning armor. A good man as we say. He always felt he had too much money & enjoyed helping the less fortunate with it in practical ways. He even had three gardens to feed the hungry. I could go on but, you get the point. He was a “good Catholic” all his life, where our other brother & I left the the Catholic faith many years ago.

    My problem was that my oldest brother was ememsley dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus & into what the church calls Marianology. This of couse is heresy to the upmost &just one of the reasons I left the church.

    My brother & I had a serious conversation over our faith where I was able to witness to him of the saving power of Jesus to save us from our sins, by His blood & death on the cross, & that receiving Him as our LORD & payment for our sins is the only way to salvation. Later he approached me again through the mail to come back to the Catholic faith. My brother had always been quite forgetful. Once again I gave the salvation plan plus my own story, which is quite long, because I do not know any specific date when I was born again. I just know that I am.

    He was quite impressed with my letter & faith. I think maybe I have degressed. Why I am consumed in sadness is that he obessed about Mary & never mentioned Jesus. Before he died I gave him over to The Father & had peace with that as we live a days drive from him.

    But now I am tormented by facts as I know them both Biblically & of the spiritual history of my brother. I don’t know if I’m being torn by Satan or I am finally grieving for my brother. Sometimes I think Satan is tormenting me to judge my brother. That is not my job, but God’s.

    I just thought of something. When I was young & dumb I use to joke about being “God’s helper in judging others”. Do you think that could be what Satan is holding over my head? I just confessed that as sin to the Father, thank you to the Holy Spirit for showing me a forgotten sin. The Holy Spirit is so neat that way.
    In reading the devotional this a:m: I was so moved over the reality of it.

    What I need is counsel & prayer. I truly trust you for both.

    Thank you & God bless you & your family,

    Janet Goodwin

    • Hi there Janet,
      As far as counsel goes…
      You can’t assume that you know every detail of every moment of your brother’s life right? You can’t, and nobody ever can about anyone. You’ll never know what transpired between he and the Lord in his life, even up to the very moment before he moved on. Honestly, I believe that when we wind up with the Father, we’ll all have surprises about who’s there and who’s not. The following is something I reserve for those who I have known personally who have passed away, where I’d never heard one way or the other whether or not they ever called upon the name of the Lord for salvation. So the following is pretty general.

      We’ve got no choice, but to make judgement calls on the outward appearance of things, because we can’t peer into the heart of a person as the Father does. My advice, assume the best for those who’ve gone by way of the grave. What else can we do? Assume the best, with hope that anyone who we don’t know for certain to be saved, may have had an experience with Christ Jesus that we’ve not been made aware of.

      Think about King David praying for his sick child. He fasted prayed and mourned for long enough, that his servants were beginning to become concerned about his health. Then once the child passed away, he got up, washed his face and ate. When asked about this, his response was as of to say, I did what I could while the child was living. Now he’s beyond anything I can do. His child was now in the Father’s hands. Know what I mean?

      Anyways, I hope this helps a little. Thank you for your comment, and I will certainly keep you in my prayers. You and your family. May the Lord bless you mightily in Jesus name.
      In Christ,

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