- Proverbs 1:10-19 (NKJV) My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil…
The book of Proverbs gives us God’s wisdom for finances.
The first principle taught is appropriately enough about earning money. All you investing, saving, and spending decisions are based on the premise that you’ve actually earned something.
But more important that what you earn is how you earn it.
The very first principle taught in Proverbs (see above) is this: Never enrich yourself at the expense of others. Always earn your income by giving or producing a value in the people you serve that enriches their lives more than you. If you do this over a lifetime your prosperity will be assured.
And by the way, if you do not get a “tangible” paycheck (full-time housewives, students, retired, etc.) this principle still works. Wherever you are making a contribution, always give or produce an effort that enriches the lives of those around you more than it does you. The same result (your prosperity will be assured) will occur for you as well.