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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