This proverb from chapter 23 isn’t saying that we shouldn’t work hard or that we shouldn’t save for the future. It’s saying we need to keep a balanced outlook.
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone; for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:4-5 NIV
The “dying man” perspective helps me keep balance in my life. Have you ever heard of someone on his or her death-bed expressing regret because the days of working and buying things were coming to an end? Normally the regrets you hear about are their wishes they’d held their families and close friends in higher regard – spent more time with their children, told their spouses of their love more often, given more attention to their friends, etc.
“…have the wisdom to show restraint.” Money doesn’t last forever. The people God places in our lives have eternal value.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis