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Proverbs 19:10 NIV

By October 19, 2022No Comments

“It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!” 

Solomon is reminding us that to truly manage wealth or prosperity a person needs to be guided by reason and a clear faith in God. When that is not the case we have all witnessed the sinful destruction of the wealthy fool.  An old Hebrew saying says, “Even wise men are wearied and harassed by prosperity, much more must such good fortune try those who have no practical wisdom to guide and control their enjoyment.” In Solomons day it was not unheard of for a favored slave to be set free and placed over princes and rulers. In almost every case the outcome was a disaster. There can be a temptation in business to place favorite staff in charge at certain times. I’ve witnessed, at a local university, promotions based on friendships rather than true skill and proven ability at the job. The results were disastrous both in staff relations as well as performance outcomes.  Humility is a sign of the wise person who knows how to handle both opportunities wisely. There is a story about an ancient ruler in Syracuse who because of his humble beginnings dined off very rough and basic dinnerware. It seemed a bit silly but he knew that with each bite he would be reminded of his humble beginnings and to stay humble. Neither a fool or a person thrust into power has humility as a resource. Today wherever you find your life’s fortunes remember who grants you your position and resources. #BeTheEdge

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ ‭NIV‬

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