Do Not Overwork To Be Rich

4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
Proverbs 23:4-5 (NKJV)

For those who have been reading my blog, you will undoubtedly find me to be a very pro-prosperity person. Some people may even find this term to be an understatement. Many people may even use terms like “obsessed with money” or “greedy” to describe me. In this article, I am going to give everyone a surprise. I am going to write on not being too obsessed with getting rich.

Let us look at the above verses. Verse 4 begins by telling us not to overwork to get rich. Please note that it does not say “Do not be rich.” It says, “Do not overwork to be rich.” So the problem here is not about being rich. It is about overworking. Why is this a problem?

We can look at the real world for examples of people who do that. There are many people in the world who got rich by living balanced lives in accordance with the will of God. Unfortunately, there are also many who got rich by being obsessive with money.

These are the people who give “rich” a bad name. They practically sacrificed everything else for money. They neglected their families, friends, morals and personal health for the sake of making another million dollars. As a result, they are only successful in their huge net-worth and failed in everything else. Theologians will love to quote them to prove their heresy that money is evil.

The truth is God wants us to have a lot of money but he does not want us to be so obsessed with it that we overwork and neglect other areas in our lives. This is why the second part of Verse 4 says, “Because of your own understanding, cease!”

God wants us to cease from overworking. That is a very strong word. It sounds like non-negotiable to me. If you have been overworking to be rich, God wants you to stop immediately. It is interesting to note that while the command is strict, it is not dictatorial in any way. God said, “Because of your own understanding” before he said, “cease!”

God wants us to understand the implications before we obey him. This is another way of saying that God does not want us to behave like mindless drones in obeying him without question. This is good news for me because I can never behave like a mindless drone. I have my own thoughts and desires. Perhaps this is why a theologically infested Christian website, “Christian Post” persecuted me with the term, “self-professed Christian”.

So, if you have also been accused as a “self-professed Christian”, rejoice because it show that you are capable of having independent thoughts and desires. You are not a mindless drone.

The second part of Verse 4 said, “Because of your own understanding, cease!” What is there to understand? The answer is in Verse 5.

5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
Proverbs 23:5 (NKJV)

Let us look at the first part:

“Will you set your eyes on that which is not?”

This means riches is not something solid that we can set our eyes on. Why not?

“For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”

The above is full of metaphors. The real meaning is, riches is always attracted toward heaven. It is a spiritual entity. The physical riches that we can see and touch is a projection from spiritual riches that we cannot see and touch. Spiritual riches stay in heaven. As a result, physical riches will also “fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” After all, it is only a projection.

This is why it is futile to chase after physical riches. If you want to be rich, focus on spiritual riches. Once our minds are filled with spiritual riches, we will see their projections (physical riches) in our lives. This is God’s way for us to get rich. We do not get rich by overworking. We get rich by being spiritually rich.

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One Response to “Do Not Overwork To Be Rich”

  1. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    Nolan,

    Despite being shown mercy and grace, you still choose to be unrepentant. You are found guilty of heresy and you are ex-communicated.


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