Prosperity often eludes us, but not so for Solomon and his court. I love how this section starts off with an answered promise. You may recall God promised Abraham in Genesis 22:17, “I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.” I love when the Bible points to itself. These people are those promised descendants!
A breath of fresh air! Solomon’s rule is peaceful, and there is harmony. I can’t help but remember how much fighting we read about during David’s reign. But then his gift was to be a warrior. His son is taking a different route. Could you even fathom the daily allowance of food and supplies for Solomon’s household?
Up to this point in our Proverbs’ texts, we have been
preparing for this chapter and those to follow. Solomon has a lot to say about
being wise and being foolish. We have met Wisdom and her counterpart, Folly. As
we move forward in this book, known as wisdom literature, along with
Ecclesiastes, we will see examples of wise and foolish actions.
Some of these examples will speak to you and others will not.
If you shall read these verses a month from now or at some later date, it is
entirely possible that other verses will speak to you. For purposes of my
reflection, I will write on those verses that speak to me, and I encourage you
to enter into the conversation and share in the comments what verses are
speaking to you today.
There are a lot of nuggets in today’s passage. Which one
really resonated with you? The one about wealth, the Lord’s discipline, the
familiar lyrics of a song? Wisdom has been with God since creation. And blessed
are men who find wisdom. The book of Proverbs is already whetting our appetites
to know more, to truly seek wisdom, to be blessed.
Yet, how many of us will read this text and then return to
business as usual? Do we really let what we read soak in? Are there things we
can do differently in our lives because we are on a mission for wisdom?
Where do you find your security? Is it in your wealth? Are you driven to succeed only to have more money in the bank? Do you cut every corner imaginable just so you can make ends meet? Jesus is talking about our relationship to money, our need for money, and how we should view money. You may have seen before how this passage can be misinterpreted leading people to a wrong understanding.
Again, Jesus wants us to be relying on our Heavenly Father and focusing on building that relationship. When we distract ourselves with money, having more of it that is, we are keeping ourselves from having more of God. Again, the attitude of our heart is what God is watching.
There is a distinct difference between being shrewd and being wise. As I see it, at least, someone is shrewd if they know how to get what they want for selfish reasons. Someone who is wise knows how to get what they want but for the benefit of others.
To explain his parable about the shrewd manager, Jesus said, “Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” The manager was definitely shrewd! Continue reading “Luke 16:1-18 – Shrewd or Wise?”