“Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.”
In light of some of Jesus’ words, this verse makes little sense.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 19:23
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3
The verse today seems to say “Blessed are the rich, and how hard it is for the poor!”
And it is.
This proverb is stating something that is obvious to almost everyone.
When someone has money, it is pretty easy for them to make friends. They appear more trustworthy, and they can give the best gifts.
Wealth seems to give people confidence, so they will not worry about the small things in life. There is a tendency to handle finances well (Think of the book written by a wealthy man, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”), and this builds good credit and more wealth.
When someone has little money, they may still make friends, but they may not always be considered trustworthy (whether or not this is justified).
Being poor tends to draw away from confidence, because they need to worry about the small things in life (they seem much bigger). They may not handle their finances well, and, as evidenced in the past five years, they will be literally separated from their neighbors through foreclosure and/or eviction.
Regardless of our financial circumstances, may we change our mindset to things above.
When we are poor in love, mercy, and grace toward each other, it proves we are poor in love for God. We will find ourselves ultimately separated from God (who called Christians “friends” in John 15:15).
When we are rich in love, mercy, and grace toward each other, it proves we are rich in love for God. We enter into a fellowship with God and a family of millions throughout history.
Father, give us financial wisdom, but more importantly increase our wealth in love, mercy, and grace. May our friends be eternal in You.