How Much Money Is Enough? (And Other Wisdom From Proverbs)

How Much Money Is Enough? (And Other Wisdom From Proverbs)

Recent research by T. Rowe Price reveals that parents who are “trying to keep up with the Joneses” are more reluctant to talk to their kids about money, and 40% of parents are uncomfortable having money conversations with their children. In the ancient book on wisdom, the book of Proverbs, we see that the wisdom writer does not avoid money conversations with his son. The book of Proverbs does not shy away from talking about money because money is a part of our lives, and God cares for all the details of our lives. Here are ten wise and important lessons we learn about money from the book of Proverbs.

1. Riches are fleeting.

Worldly riches are fleeting, sometimes in this life but always in light of eternity.

Don’t wear yourself out to get rich;
because you know better, stop!
As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears,
for it makes wings for itself
and flies like an eagle to the sky.

(Proverbs 23:4-5)

2. Neither too much or too little is best.

Research continually reveals that happiness “levels off” after a certain income threshold and that there is a diminishing happiness return as wealth increases.

Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.
Otherwise, I might have too much
and deny you, saying, “Who is the Lord?”
or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God.

(Proverbs 30:8-9)

3. Wisdom and work are gifts too.

If you are going to increase wealth, it is going to come to you through wisdom and through work. And wisdom and work ethic are gifts from God.

The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness.

(Proverbs 14:24)

Idle hands make one poor,
but diligent hands bring riches.

(Proverbs 10:4)

4. The car and the clothes do not tell the whole story.

The book of Proverbs calls out that there are some fakers, people who pretend one way or another.

One person pretends to be rich but has nothing;
another pretends to be poor but has abundant wealth.

(Proverbs 13:7)

5. More money means both more problems and more opportunities.

Money gives you more opportunities to bless others and more access to opportunities. Yet at the same time, it can bring more problems into your life. Wealth can serve as a ransom for your life if you have it, but if you don’t have it you probably won’t be kidnapped.

Riches are a ransom for a person’s life,
but a poor person hears no threat.

(Proverbs 13:8)

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