In the book of Proverbs the Teacher wants us to recognize that there are many things that are better than money. The following is a list of some of the things the Wise Teacher would rather see us pursue, work toward, and dedicate ourselves to in lieu of money.
Wisdom is better than money.
Proverbs 3:13-14 (NIV) Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
The fear of the Lord is better than money.
Proverbs 15:16 (NIV) Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
Family love is better than money.
Proverbs 15:17 (NIV) Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Righteousness is better than money.
“Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.” (Proverbs 16:8, NIV)
Peace in the home is better than money.
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1, NIV)
A good reputation is better than money.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1, NIV)
Integrity is better than money.
“Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.” (Proverbs 28:6, NIV)
This is a reminder that personal finances do differ from biblical finances.