"He who increases his wealth through usury and unfair gain shall gather it for him who will pity the poor." (Proverbs 28:8)
The Lord's Spirit is warning us today to be wary of excessive profiting in business. This is something people do to enrich themselves with worldly goods and commodities obtained through large profits. When we benefit excessively from vital products and services, God says it is an act of wickedness.
Unless God opens your eyes to understand that others who need the goods or services for survival are suffering because they cannot afford to pay what you are charging, you may not realize the misery you are causing. People who do this are either unaware of or have forgotten the words of wisdom found in Proverbs 13:11: “Vanity-gained wealth will be lessened, while labor-gained wealth will increase.”
It's even worse when some wealthy employers refuse to pay their workers their proper salary, all in the name of living affluently on what isn't theirs. When people work for you and you either don't pay them or strategically delay their salary, it's the same as slavery. If you're part of it, the Holy Spirit speaks to you in James 5:3-4:
“Your gold and silver are tainted, and their rust will bear witness against you, devouring your flesh as if it were fire. You have gathered treasure for the latter days. The wages of the laborers who have reaped your fields, which you have put back by deception, crieth, and the cries of those who have reaped are heard by the Lord of Sabaoth.”
Any intelligent person would hear God's admonition in this passage after closely examining the misery of people who do such immorality. Those who plunder the public coffers in the hopes of leaving anything for their offspring have shown to be unwise in this regard. Even during their parents' lifetimes, their children start mismanaging their ill-gotten gains.
After the Lord of Sabaoth enabled riches to change hands, we've heard accounts of laborer's children buying the properties of their fathers' masters. Only wealth acquired through legal means can withstand the test of time. It's no surprise that Proverbs 22:22-23 states, "Rob not the destitute because he is poor; nor persecute the afflicted in the gate, for the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the souls of those who spoil them."
Remember our Lord Jesus Christ's words, beloved, and be wise: He warned us that the value of a man's life does not consist of the richness of his possessions (Luke 12:15). May the Lord bless you abundantly as a result of your godly dedication in Jesus' name.
In Jesus' name, Father, grant me grace to conduct my life as Your worthy ambassador.
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