Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Wealth by Vanity – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 11
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Wealth by Vanity
Do you know who I think of when reading this verse? Celebrities. Not celebrities that can be identified through musicianship, or actors, sports, politics, etc.. I’m not speaking about these folks, because we know what they do, how they are being paid and for what, and how they’ve acquired their wealth. Yes I do understand that the majority of these folks have their own set of issues, but these are not who came to mind with this verse.
The celebrities that came to mind via this verse, are those who are celebs, and nobody seems to have any clue why. Do you know the type I’m talking about? Being a celebrity for the sake of being a celebrity.
God only knows what they have done to find such status. But when their celebrity begins to diminish, the desperation to hold on to it begins to increase. Before you know it, they’d be willing to do anything at all, to hold on to such a vain and fleeting social status. There are several lessons in there somewhere, but I digress.
The scripture says, that wealth obtained through vanity will diminish. It doesn’t say that it might or may diminish, but that wealth will diminish. This is a done deal, sealed in the Word of God. What’s the difference?
Well, should your wealth be gathered through work, or something that is the fruit of you doing something to earn it, you can repeat it and gather more. Like a weekly paycheck for example. If you deal wisely with everything else (as is possible), it might be likely that you are not living from paycheck to paycheck. Even if you do, you know that you’ve got another check coming next week.
But vanity comes with no guarantees. I would consider that the verse speaking about wealth hastily gotten will not prosper in the end (paraphrasing), would go nicely with this one. Vanity also works hand in hand with pride. Combine the two, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail of destruction.
It is a hard thing, to be vein and meek, don’t you think? Or maybe vein and charitable? Vein and loving a neighbor as him or her self? It just doesn’t work. Vanity, similar to pride, causes someone to hold themselves up as high as they can.
The Lord warns us about being that way. It’s not that he doesn’t want his children elevated, but would rather we allow him to do the lifting up, instead of going the way of the world.
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
2 Peter 2: King James Bible
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
Thank you for your Word and all of your instruction. Keep us from the pitfalls of pride, arrogance, and vanity at all times Lord, and submerge us with all of the gifts of the Spirit instead. Help and lead us to partake in what you’ve put aside for us, and lead us away from all of the things that this world has put aside for us. These things we pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had to resist an opportunity to gain wealth by vanity?