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Spiritual Prosperity

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Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. Proverbs 19:1

The person who walks in their integrity is satisfied at the end of the day. They have done an honest day’s worth of work, treated people well, and come home to a meal that no king would necessarily desire, but it fills their stomach and they are thankful for it. They have nothing to be ashamed about. They put forth their best effort and tomorrow is another day.

The person who is crooked, however, is foolish. They speak lies and cut corners to get ahead. They mistreat people for they own gain. They dine extravagantly and drive fancy vehicles. Their conscience bothers them from time to time, but they rationalize their actions, telling themselves that everybody does wrong things. They cover up their sins and fall asleep scheming about the next day.

Not surprisingly, the Hebrew word for integrity in today’s verse can be translated as prosperity. So, better is the poor who walks in their spiritual prosperity than the one who is perverse in their lips. That would seem to indicate a spiritual divide between the person who spends time tending to spiritual matters versus the person who spends time scheming to get ahead.

Proverbs 19:1 doesn’t really speak about middle ground, or about the middle class and its values. So ask yourself which side of the spectrum you’re currently cultivating.
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