What Is Your Motive for Living? – Proverbs 1:13

Proverbs 1:13 "We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:"

The context here is the sinners’ enticing offer to engage in their robbery and murder of the innocent for their own gain. The one heeding Solomon’s Proverbs and the instruction of his parents immediately rejects these sinners enticement. As Solomon said in Proverbs 1:2, the Proverbs give discernment in knowing the words of understanding. The wise individual immediately recognizes that this proposed easy way to riches is not the way to go.

While the sinner’s statement may be true in some respects, the following verses indicate that they constantly are on guard against their own gang stealing or doing violence to them (Prov. 1:18). Their whole way of life is founded upon and insatiable greed that cannot be satisfied. They will do anything that they think will satisfy their greed. The funny thing is that Proverbs 13:22b says, “the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

What is your motive for living life? Is it similar to the sinner’s greedy motivation to get rich quick and please himself? Or, do you live for someone greater than yourself, the Lord Jesus Christ? In what ways this past year, have you perceived the words of understanding, and how did it change your thinking and living? Is your affection set on things above?

Colossians 3:1-2 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."


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