"The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly." [Prov 14;24 NIV]

Some people who are held wise do not have a crown. Sad to say, they are poor. Being wise and poor present complications. And that, in itself, is a paradox.

How can someone wise be poor? Can’t the wise use their wisdom to avoid poverty?

A crown is displayed for all to see. What do poor people show off but misery and unrepaired brokenness? It is foolish to remain poor. Poverty yields folly, and vice versa. It is wise to be free from poverty. Wealth, then, is a result of wisdom.

The problem with 'wise yet poor' people is that their wisdom is not heeded. In the end, they are despised. When that happens, what would their difference be with the poor?

I think some wise people remain poor because of missed opportunities. Others may have traditional and religious views that keep them from embracing prosperity. It’s an unfounded belief that money is from the devil and its possessors are on their way to hell.

The truth that adheres to the Bible puts finances in proper perspective. Money is not the root of all evil, but the love of it. How much money does it take to bring the good news to the poor? Financing the spread of the Gospel is never an evil thing.

Let wealth continue to be what it is: a crown for the wise. There are some foolish people with crowns of wealth, but that doesn’t mean we should stop being right – being wise with crowns.

In the end of all pursuits for wealth and wellness, the righteous will receive a crown of glory, placed by the King Himself. Some will just barely make it to heaven and be crownless.

Live a godly life on earth, all the way to heaven. Conduct a life worthy of a crown and know that the Father walks in streets of gold.


Interesting read: They could have been Billionaires by Daily Finance.


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