I preach and talk often about the benefits of a daily Bible reading program. I have been so encouraged by the number of brethren at our congregation who are following our schedule this year. One of the many benefits to following a schedule is stumbling on to the occasional gem.
One of our three sections today was from Proverbs. We read just a few everyday . I was getting ready to wrap up my reading when I read Proverbs 11:26 (ESV) – “The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.” My mind automatically jumped to Luke 12:13-21 – the Parable of the Rich Fool.
You know the story…he had a great crop one year and did not know what to do with it all. So he tore down his barns and built bigger barns. God’s response was less than favorable and the man died that night. The lesson is obviously one of greed and priorities. In discussing this parable, people often outline what was wrong with the man’s actions. Aside from the obvious answers, some have suggested that the man was going to hold onto to his grain until he could get a better price for it, thus increasing his already plentiful crop. Now think about the proverb again, “The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.”
If the man put his large amount of grain into the market, this would have created a buyer’s market. People could have bought grain at a cheaper rate. By withholding his grain, the man could wait for a shortage in the market, increase his prices, and make more money.
With lower prices, the man would not make as much per unit of grain sold but, because of his plentiful crop, he would have been able to sell more units. This man had a chance to help those around him by selling lots of grain at lower prices, yet he acted selfishly, without thought for man (and even worse) God!
I am so glad I read Proverbs 11:26 today!