Psalm 119:1-16 The Word, Part 1 A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous
Proverbs 28:6-7 Sonny
One of the worst sins in our society today is to fail to be tolerant. Another is to be poor. If we aren’t well off, God must not have blessed us or we must be lazy.
Last I looked, Jesus didn’t have much. The apostles didn’t have any more than He had! In fact, it seemed that a lot of poor people had better relationships with God than rich people did (v. 6, cf. Matt. 19:24). Ruth, Abraham, Job, David, and Moses seemed to peak in their spiritual lives when they were destitute.
Perhaps we are most broken when we are broke.
The prodigal son learned how to strengthen the relationship with his father after he was penniless (v. 7, Luke 15:11-32). He hung out with slackers, causing his father to be despondent. He learned wisdom when he was down and out.
And he learned how to truly be bright and be a son.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is [a]crooked though he be rich.
7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.