Proverbs and Riches?

Tonight, I was presented with this question:

On reading through Proverbs, over and over it says things like, “The righteous will be blessed,” “Work hard and you will be wealthy.” Basically, “God will bless the wise, and they will be happy and rich.” Or, even more basically, “If you are good, your life will go well.”

So, if you’re a Christian, and you’re not happy and rich, what does that mean? It seems there are three possibilities.

  • You are poor and struggling because you aren’t working hard enough.
  • Or, you are poor and struggling because you aren’t good enough.
  • Or, the promises in Proverbs DO have exceptions. The Godly just won’t always be rich – for other reasons. The promises in Proverbs are not ALWAYS true.