Yesterday I preached out of the book of Proverbs on the subject of money. If you weren’t able to make it, here are the 10 principles we examined from the study of the book. This certainly isn’t comprehensive, you could probably find 100 principles in Proverbs on money and material wealth.
I started with what I believe is the thesis of the book, found in Proverbs 1:7.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
All wisdom starts with worship (fear/reverence) of the one true God. Without that, all my knowledge or your knowledge is as fleeting and frail as we are.
Here are the 10 principles with the associated texts:
1) Your money doesn’t make you, God does.
Proverbs 13:7; Proverbs 22:2
2) Handling your money God’s way is a surrender to His supply.
Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 10:3
3) Givers receive, hoarders chase their tails.
Proverbs 11:24; Proverbs 28:22
4) Diligence and discipline will make a difference.
Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 12:27; Proverbs 13:11
5) Check the target of your toil.
6) The Bible does not teach “every man for himself.”
Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 14:31; Proverbs 17:5; Proverbs 28:27; Proverbs 29:7; Proverbs 21:13; Proverbs 22:22-23; Proverbs 31:9
7) Being poor is not a curse, and riches are false security.
Proverbs 19:1; Proverbs 19:22; Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 11:28; Proverbs 18:11-12
8) Treat debt like a disease, run from it (or out of it) like your life depends on it. Proverbs 22:7; Proverbs 6:1-11
9) Laziness in finances demands repentance.
Proverbs 6:6-11; Proverbs 15:19; Proverbs 24:30-34; Proverbs 26:13-16
10) You are building a legacy through how you handle money.
Main Idea: Faithfulness is the bottom line.
- To trust God as your source.
- To make giving your first priority.
- To spend less than you make.
- To live with diligence and discipline.
- To check the target of your toil.
- To open your eyes and ears to the poor.
- To treat debt like a disease.
- To repent of financial laziness.
- To live on a written budget.
- To give, save, then spend.
- To leave a legacy of faithfulness.