Today’s Proverb offers a very honest commentary on how people are drawn to others who have money:
Pro 19:4 Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
It is hard to find a rich person that isn’t surrounded by “yes” men, it is just a reality in the material world that we live in, that if you have money, you become the popular person, which explains why everyone wants to get rich. Meanwhile, today’s Word tells us that the poor man is separated from his friend, or that no one wants to know the guy who is broke, but everyone wants to befriend the rich man.
Fast forwarding though to the New Testament with the Rich man and Lazarus, how they tables turn on the other side of heaven? IT is the rich man’s turn to beg, and Lazarus the pariah is in God’s good graces. Wealth may buy friendship in this world, but not in the life that comes after this one. As Christ says, we must pick up our cross and follow Him, and Christ was most certainly not a rich man in a worldly sense, He had no home, no money and was born in a barn, yet the only way to the Father is through Him.