Wisdom is knowledge properly applied and God is wisdom! In the first Proverb in the Bible it speaks of ill-gotten gain. There is wisdom in asking questions when you are pursuing a business deal because you don’t want to blindly jump into one. You don’t want to take advantage of people, so you need to ask yourself questions like is it legal? Are we taking advantage of people? Are we asking for exorbitant prices that’s unfair? When we finish this business transaction will the customer be worse off or blessed? But if someone is out for ill-gotten gain none of these matter to them!
“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood. How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” Proverbs 1:10-19
God is not pleased with someone oppressing people, so they can benefit from something. He will not bless someone focused on ill-gotten gain. How business is done matters! You must be up front with everything and let your customer know what is going on and trust God with the results.
Greg gives an example of ill-gotten gain as the Florida Lottery. The money that is earned from it is used for education but the people who buy lottery tickets are usually the ones who are living paycheck to paycheck and have a couple of dollars left. They will buy a lottery ticket to get hope that maybe they will win. We know that a small number of people actually win on lottery tickets. Preying on people who could spend their money on more important things is not the way it has to be. There are other ways to get the money that is needed for education.
You must seek God and He will guide you! Getting things in the wrong way is not the way to live because that is a life without God. If you need help on how to spend time with God, you can get your free abiding plan at iAbide today. If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and maybe you have been doing things in an ill-gotten way, you can repent today and make Jesus the Lord of your life. You can read our stories at Meet My Father and how we made that decision too. We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. Greg, Pat, and John shared in this segment.
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