Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Using People – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verses 6-7
6 Many will intreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. 7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? He pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Using People
Why does everyone abandon the poor? Well, because they are too busy chasing around the people who are giving gifts! Kind of like someone treating a fellow employee like dirt, then is all peaches and cream when the boss strolls through.
These verses point to the nature of people, to covet what someone else has and to reject the have not’s. I’ve heard people say in the past, “I have no use for that person.” That always appeared to me to be a brazen kind of thing to say.
I distinctly recall someone saying that to me several years ago, and my first thought was, “Since I’m the one who you’re telling this to, I wonder what it is you want to use me for?” Nobody likes being used, unless they’ve offered to be used for whatever the case may be.
But generally, nobody enjoys finding out that someone was only hanging around, or speaking to them, because they wanted to use them for something they had, in hopes to gain. This is a bug thing in the Hip Hop industry (at least it used to be).
I recall MC Hammer always went everywhere with an entourage of “friends.” He eventually wound up going broke for different reasons, but none the least of which, was because he was paying his entourage the whole time, no matter where he went.
He lost his riches, and then guess what happens? You probably guessed it! The majority of them disappeared. That is one area in which the wealthy should be pitied. They’ll never know who their true friends are, until they can do a head count after going broke.
It is wise to obtain favor from a prince, if that favor comes by way of virtuous means. The word “Prince” could be replaced with “boss” or “Employer.” You fill in the blank.
But false intentions and putting on a show for your boss will only be seen as such, as no false intention lasts very long. People who do such things, in the end get found out. This kind of brings me back to the false witness devotional we just went through before this one.
You don’t want to partake in anything false. Be it false witness, false pretenses, false intentions, false whatever it may be. None of it is anything good, and the Father doesn’t deal with anything “false” in a way that anyone would want to partake in.
It’s best to stay true to the Lord, covet not, work as unto the Lord when your boss is looking, and when he isn’t. Keep the Lord God Almighty as your source for all things, and don’t lean on someone else because they have stuff.
Who has more stuff than the Father?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Luke 12: King James Bible
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Thank you for your Word, and for the fact that you are indeed, our source for all things. Forgive us if we covet in our hearts, anything that anyone may have. Forgive us Lord, for not relying on you the way we should, and focusing on what is above. Please give us all our daily bread, and remove needs out of our lives, being covered and taken care of by you. Help us to always be Christ minded. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever caught yourself wrongfully using people?