It’s amazing how, when I read some of these chapters, I discover a theme running through them: Today’s seems to be poverty.
“The plans of hard-working people earn a profit, but those who act too quickly become poor” (Proverbs 21:5).
“Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and perfume will never be rich” (Proverbs 21:17).
Last but not least, perhaps one of the most important verses in this chapter:
“Whoever ignores the poor when they cry for help will also cry for help and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13). This might bring to mind people you’ve helped, but maybe you’re also remembering that person asking for loose change – the one you found an excuse not to help. Thanks to what Jesus did on the cross, forgiveness is there for our past mistakes, but from now on, let’s think about the poor and not shut our ears to them.