Some More Causes of Poverty

Pastor Randy Tewell | September 23, 2018

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.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverb 22:6

In review:

Solomon began by teaching his children to have a strong work ethic.

In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Proverbs 14:23

He warned them about the other side of the character coin, laziness.

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Proverbs 20:13

He taught them of the danger of loving and living for pleasure.

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Pro 21:17

He taught the foolishness of not seeking advice and taking the initiative to continue learning.

Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Proverbs 13:18

He warned his kids of unhealthy habits and entanglements.

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Proverbs 23:20-21

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.

For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Proverbs 6:26

Nobody wins with infidelity, and Solomon spent a lot of time making sure his kids were around healthy people and healthy influences.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

People with loose morals will never be a healthy influence for any of us.

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 5:11

2. Solomon mentioned other unhealthy influences as well.

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
Proverbs 28:19

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:

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Proverbs 22:7

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.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:24

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:

So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs 1:19
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Proverbs 15:27
He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Proverbs 28:22

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.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Proverbs 11:24-25

The starting point for anyone struggling financially is to get God’s blessing on your finances by tithing.

Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10

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.