Our last sermon was about some causes of poverty, and this sermon will focus on a few more. These are lessons that Solomon taught his children to help prepare them for life. As we have previously mentioned, Christian parents must do a better job at preparing our children in this important area. Too many parents feel inadequate or unqualified to teach their children Biblical financial principles, but if we don’t, the world will step in and fill the void with debt and financial heartache. It is our responsibility to train them up before we send them out.
Solomon began by teaching his children to have a strong work ethic.
He warned them about the other side of the character coin, laziness.
He taught them of the danger of loving and living for pleasure.
He taught the foolishness of not seeking advice and taking the initiative to continue learning.
He warned his kids of unhealthy habits and entanglements.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
These points listed above were discussed in detail in our previous sermon. Read more about them in our previous post. Let’s look into a few more.
1. He warned his children of immoral activity.
The Bible uses very strong words about this.
Nobody wins with infidelity, and Solomon spent a lot of time making sure his kids were around healthy people and healthy influences.
People with loose morals will never be a healthy influence for any of us.
1 Corinthians 5:11
2. Solomon mentioned other unhealthy influences as well.
The word vain means empty or with no value and is often associated with foolish people as well. You cannot discount the quality of the people we allow to influence us or our children
3. Solomon warned his kids about going into debt.
Debt is a killer of dreams and freedom for families. Here are several warnings that Solomon gave his children about debt:
When you borrow money, you enter a relationship that severely limits and restricts your financial freedom. Many believers feel that they don’t have the freedom to serve and give the way they want to because of their debt. Debt enslaves the child of God and becomes the master when only Christ should be our Master.
4. He warned them that a greedy attitude will actually bring poverty.
Greed is an attitude about acquiring money and a measurement of how far we’re willing to go to get more money. Greed is about who we’re willing to hurt in the process and even the laws we’re willing to break along the way. That’s why Solomon wrote:
The opposite of greed is generosity. Generosity is a lifestyle. We should be generous with our time, treasure, and talent. Giving generously is the cornerstone of good financial health for the believer.
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
The starting point for anyone struggling financially is to get God’s blessing on your finances by tithing.
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
When we give Him our first tenth, we honor Him, and He blesses us.
Over these two sermons, we have seen nine different causes of poverty that Solomon taught to his children. This makes a great outline for us to teach our children and to learn and avoid ourselves.