Proverbs on Prosperity: Introduction

Courtesy LDS Media LibraryMoney. It can free or enslave us, devastate and deliver us, distract and deceive us, help us or hold us back.

It can get awfully annoying and confusing. There are so many messages about money and prosperity in the world. It seems that money can be anything we want it to be, depending on the day and the motive. You can have plenty of it and be miserable, or very little of it, but as happy as a blue jay on a Sunday morning. Why?

Figuring out money can get discouraging. It has been for me, honestly, as I’ve tried to figure out how to get it, hold it, make it grow, and share it. I grapple with those ideas on too many days. I’m still working to set aside my anxiety around it, and finding a better pasture for my mind to graze.

Money is more than a good education and a good job. It’s about honesty and courage and wisdom. It’s about trust and risk, being generous and believing in the generosity of heaven. It’s about trying and not giving up. Forgiving yourself, believing in yourself, and trusting God’s ways.

I look for spiritual answers to life’s questions. Those are the one’s that make the most sense to me. Those are the ones I hang onto.

The scriptures contain the wisdom of the ages on wealth and prosperity. One book in the Bible particularly, The Book of Proverbs, has over 80 passages (listed below) on the subject, in 31 chapters. I’ve studied these passages and I’d like to share what I’ve learned from them with you. I am still studying and learning, of course. And I’ll learn even more as I organize and present my thoughts to you.

Some of the topics I’ll cover are honoring God with our means, the importance of diligence and honesty, the plight of the poor, and the sad state of the sluggard.

Proverbs seems like a good place to focus my attention as I look for heaven-grade answers to my questions about wealth and prosperity. I’ve found almost 30 topics discussed on these subjects in this ancient book, parts of which are 2,500 to 3,000 years old. I’ll also cross-reference scriptures throughout the standard works: the Bible (King James version), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

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  1. I look forward to reading future posts on this, Mike. I think about the blessings and perils of money all the time.

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