Cease from thine own wisdom

We humans think we are so smart. We view our surroundings as if they are so important. Most of us spend our lives looking at the things of this world as if they hold some great importance. It so happens that usually the things that are unseen are vastly more important than what we see.

Proverbs 23:4 says, “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” The world ‘labour’ is the kind of work that makes you truly weary. God tells us that we shouldn’t tire ourselves out trying to be rich. He tells us instead to abandon our own wisdom. The reason is in the next verse, “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”

Let’s rephrase that into our everyday language, “Will you spend your life focused on nothing?” That’s right, God refers to money as something that doesn’t exist. In the context of eternity, money is nothing. Riches fall from our grasp like water falls through sieve. To quote the Bible, they “make themselves wings” and “fly away as an eagle.”

God tells us to cease from our own wisdom. Riches are not worth becoming weary for. Yes, God expects us to be good stewards and save our money, but He doesn’t want us to spend the majority of our energies on making money. Money is not what lasts. It doesn’t even last long in this life.

So I challenge you, if you are wearing yourself out trying to make money, stop. God wants you to live an abundant life seeking after what is truly important. You cannot succeed following your own wisdom and devices. Cease from your own wisdom. God tells us very clearly,

“It is he[God] that giveth thee power to get wealth,” – Deuteronomy 8:18

God doesn’t want you to be too weary and exhausted to live a full life. Seek the Lord on how to obtain the money you need. He promises he will always provide for you. Sometimes the harder way is not the best way.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:29

“The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.” Proverbs 28:11

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