Thursday, January 17, 2013

Proverbs 28:22 An evil eye?

A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:22

The King James translation reads like this:

22 ¶ He that is hasty to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.

An evil eye? Let's look at this and see what Solomon is talking about . . . I think it might be what Jesus talked about in Matthew, chapter 6:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
In verse 23, the KJV reads, "if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness."  Healthy eyes will be focused on what we can do to glorify Him and to lay up treasures in our heavenly home. An evil eye will be fixed on worldly things, seeing wealth in the wrong way, greedily trying to get more and more. 
The way we look at things, our viewpoint, determines how we will live. Are we tantalized by every get-rich-quick scheme? Do we daydream about what we'll do when we have it all? Or do we view earthly wealth as a way to bless others as God has blessed us?

1 comment:

Belinda said...

This reminds me of the song "Be Careful Little Eyes What You see" for children and then the adult version "Slow Fade" By Casting Crowns...

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands
As darkness pulls the strings...

And thoughts invade
Choices are made
A price will be paid
When you give yourself away

The eyes are the windows to the soul, so they say. We need to make sure we are seeing with God's eyes.