I recently read on the internet of a single father who is trying to raise two small girls. The past several years have not been easy years for his family as he has been having trouble making ends meet. His house has been foreclosed on and he is in the middle of renegotiating his mortgage so he can make the payments that he owes to the bank. I am sure there are many such stories such as this out there but this one has a twist. While he was in the middle of renegotiating his mortgage the Occupy Wall Street movement saw that the house had been foreclosed on. They decided that the bank was charging too much and so they were just going to take the house. In the process of making their point “that the bank charges too much” for these mortgages. They allowed their fellow occupiers to occupy the house. Ironically they kicked out and kept the father with the two girls from being able to use his own home.
The media has recently started calling the society that we live in an “entitlement society”. It disgusts me when I read of those who believe that they are entitled to things that they have never earned. It is interested to me however that the Bible talks about the principles behind entitlement. The wisest man who ever walked this earth was King Solomon. He was wise because God gave him wisdom. Solomon gives direction with his wisdom to us today through his inspired writings in scripture. He shows us how to live a successful life in all realms. He reminds us by showing us his experiences that in the end all that matters is where you will spend eternity. While Solomon shows us the way to success. He shows us the evil of laziness, the importance of hard work, and honesty. These things are shown over and over again in his writings. He shows us that to be successful we must earn what we have through hard work and that we are not entitled to anything. In Proverbs 21:25-26 Solomon says, “25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. 26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” There are many times in our society that we as a society believe that we deserve something for doing nothing. Solomon makes the point that laziness will in essence be the ruin of someone. What wisdom Solomon brings.
I hope that even while living in the middle of a society that holds many unwise traits that Christians can continually realized the wisdom in living in the way of the Lord that the Bible shows us is so wise for all realms of our lives.