According to His Riches

Anne Boon

 

Over the next month, Time With God will be studying the book of Proverbs. Although we will read an entire chapter each day, the study questions in Digging Deeper will focus on select verses addressing a specific topic.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 | Proverbs 11

Getting Started

Dr. Warren Wiersbe referred to the Proverbs as “more like a kaleidoscope than a stained-glass window: We never know what the next pattern will be.”1 I like this description of the book of Proverbs; it rings very true for me. Sometimes we get caught in a rehearsed, straight-edged way of seeing, hearing, and reading God’s Word. As you study this chapter of Proverbs, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through the myriad of colors of living richly.

Read the Word

Proverbs 11 (ESV)

11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    but a just weight is his delight.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
    but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
    but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
    and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
The righteous is delivered from trouble,
    and the wicked walks into it instead.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
    but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
    and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
    but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
    but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
    but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 A gracious woman gets honor,
    and violent men get riches.
17 A man who is kind benefits himself,
    but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
    but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
    but he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21 Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
    but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
    is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
    and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain,
    but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
    but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
    but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
    and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
    and whoever captures souls is wise.
31 If the righteous is repaid on earth,
    how much more the wicked and the sinner!

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Digging Deeper

(Today’s questions focus on verses 4, 16-17, 24-26, and 28.)

  1. Based on the selected verses, how did the writer define “riches”?
  2. What does it mean to be generous, according to the writer?
  3. What does culture and the world say “riches” are? Using this definition, how does it impact your generosity?
  4. Jesus generously offered the riches of the Father to us. How does this line up with what these verses tell us about how to pursue generosity?
  5. What will you be generous with? 

Respond to God

Jesus lived remarkably different from the culture and the world, always giving according to what the Father said was true, right, and just, always in line with eternity. The generosity of Jesus with the riches of our Father is something we must learn and know to be truly generous ourselves. How we define our riches impacts our generosity with them. The immeasurable riches of God’s grace were, and still are, shown in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. When we know Christ, we can pursue generosity in the same ways he does—ways that lead to life, honor, safety, and lack for nothing.

  • Ask God to show you specific ways to be generous today.

 

1Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Skillful, pages 16 and 59.

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