May 14, Reading 2 – Proverbs 22:17-23:11

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SAA Notes

Many of the proverbs were intended as guidance for those working in public service in the execution of their duties. You will notice several today that impinge on issues of government and society, or government and its employees.

SJA Notes

“Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.”

What do we work for? What is our purpose? Why do we go about creating or reporting or relating?

Solomon gives us a simple truth to wrestle with here.

Do not work for the purpose of getting money.

Don’t let making money be the _reason_ you work.

So what then?

Paul tells us in Colossians chapter 3,

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”

Our purpose in working is for our Lord God!

Paul layers over this in Ephesians chapter 2,

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together in Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, …”

This is the wealth we have stored for us, the treasure that we inherit.

Eternal life is our wealth; a saved life now and life to the full with Jesus in glory.

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You that You give us a treasure that doesn’t fade. Wealth that stays and is secure.

Thank You for Jesus – Through whom we gain this inheritance.

And Lord, please fix our eyes today on Jesus and not on the world. Not on wealth that sprouts wings and flies away.

Please help us to set our minds on things above, looking forward to the full realisation of our inheritance – Life with You in glory!

Amen.

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