A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
Much could be said about what the inheritance of a good man entails. Foremost is leaving a legacy of faith in Christ and of walking in righteousness. But we should not be quick to lay aside the subject of money. Indeed, Christians are quick to do so, somehow disconnecting a righteous life from how money is handled. There are many Christians devoted to ministry and yet leave their families in a destitute state. Christian financial consultant Ron Blue tells of a minister who only served small churches until his retirement; and yet he had a million dollars in assets. How? By spending less than he took in and saving the remainder bit by bit.
This proverb is not teaching that you must leave lots of money for your grandchildren when you die. It is, however, teaching that goodness includes handling money wisely. The sinner’s wealth ends up in the hands of the righteous, not because they take it from him, but because he is foolish with his money. His pride and greed lead him to make foolish choices.
How are your finances? Are they in order? If you are struggling in debt, is the reason because you do not earn enough or because you are not wise with what you have?
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