Day 25

Debt, Wealth, and Poverty

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 11:28, Proverbs 14:21, Proverbs 16:8, Proverbs 21:5-6, Proverbs 22:1-5, Proverbs 22:7, Proverbs 28:6, Proverbs 28:8, Proverbs 28:11

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

There is nothing inherently sinful about wealth. God gave King Solomon great wealth, and He continues to use the generosity of His people to fund important works of mercy and justice around the world. But God’s people are called to be very careful when it comes to the pursuit of wealth and very generous when it comes to caring for the poor. Money is more than a means to buy the things we need. It is power, and it always has been. Love of money is a “root of all kinds of evil,” because it is often the love of being able to wield power for our own benefit (1 Timothy 6:10). 

Reflection Questions:

Have you ever financially over-extended yourself? If so, what did that experience teach you? 

Read Proverbs 11:28. What else does God’s Word teach you about trust? Why shouldn’t you trust in your riches? 

Being as honest with yourself as you can be, do you think you are a person who easily sees the poverty in and around you? Why is it important to remember that God made us all, regardless of our wealth or social status? 

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37 thoughts on "Debt, Wealth, and Poverty"

  1. Q Taylor says:

    Yes, there have been times where I’ve financially over extended myself. As a matter of fact, I’ve over extended myself during this pandemic due to job changes and changes in finances. That experience taught me that I need to budget and be a good stewart of money because if I continue to over extended myself I will become a slave for the rich. Proverbs 11:28 teaches us that trusting in money will cause us to fall. You shouldn’t trust your riches because money it can’t buy the things that are priceless such as: Joy, peace, happiness, love and a place in God’s kingdom.

  2. Joyce Walker says:

    Look to your right and to your left in front and behind you will find someone in need.

  3. Brittany Reimers says:

    I have financially over-extended myself several times. We are still financially over-extended with trying to pay off student loan debt and other types of debt. Reading through this was a good reminder to live within our means and give to others whenever we can

  4. Brandy Deruso says:

    God made me who i am!

  5. Sue Dalos says:

    Churchmouse, this is so very true. If only……. But God.

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