SATURDAY JULY 18, 2020
TOPIC: FAST LANE TO POVERTY
TEXT: Proverbs 23:1-12
“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” – (Proverbs 23:5)
MMM, according to Wikipedia, was aRussian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largestPonzi schemesof all time in the 1990s. By different estimates, from 5 to 10 million people lost their savings. According to contemporary Western press reports, most investors were aware of thefraudulentnature of the scheme but still hoped to profit from it by withdrawing money before it collapsed. From 2011, Mavrodi started targeting developing countries in Asia and Africa, promising 30% monthly returns and other promotional offers. As events later proved, majority of the investors lost everything invested in the scheme. The path to making quick money “without a sweat” is littered with woes.
Today’s passage spells out the dangers inherent in seeking to get rich through dubious means. The text begins with the need for caution and self-restraint when offered the privilege of dining with the rich, as the offer may be borne out of deceit. We are counselled against striving to get rich quick at all costs as such riches do not last but will certainly ‘grow’ wings and fly away. The passage admonishes against desiring or coveting the ‘dainty meats’ of the rich. It ends with warning against acquiring wealth through oppressing the poor and depriving the fatherless of their rights. Although they may appear powerless and defenceless, their Redeemer is mighty and would surely plead their cause.
To enjoy God’s best in life, you must be content with what you have and seek honest labour to maintain your wealth. Paul admonishes that “godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content”.