Book: Proverbs 23
“While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you… don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.”
When I read this proverb, I am reminded of a scene in the classic Christmas movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” George Bailey, a 28 year old young married man decided to stay in his home town to help the local people be able to own their own homes while his friends have gone off and made it big in the world. Although he had helped many families get out from underneath the control of Mr Potter who owned most of the town, George was not happy. He felt he had not been able to live his dream. Mr Potter realized how great a success George had become and was cutting into his business. He therefore invited George to his office where he gave him the best cigars to smoke and offered to send him a case of them. Mr. Potter then tried to woo George into working for him by offering him $20,000 a year salary instead of the measly $45 a week ($2340 a year). He shared the wonderful things George could do with that money including living in the best house in town, buying beautiful clothes for his wife and travel to New York several times a year. George is almost ready to accept but wants to talk to his wife first. As he is about to leave Mr Potter’s office they shake hands and he instantly realizes that he is being tricked. He immediately makes a wise decision and turns the offer down.
God does not want you to be tricked into doing or being something that is not in the best interest of your life. He gives this proverb to encourage you to be discerning in all situations, especially when someone of wealth or influence invites you into a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Mr Potter had George focus on selfish desires (receiving a big paycheck, best house, trips …) instead of the real reason he was asking George to work for him (So he could control that part of the town George had successfully kept out of his hands and in the hands of the local people).
Even when a great offer is made to you, take time to discern the situation, asking God to show you what He wants you to do. Yes, people will take advantage of you, but God will always lead you along the best pathway if you ask Him.