Proverbs’ Guide to Finances
Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 19-21; Romans 13
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 19:17; 20:4; 20:17; 21:20; 21:25-26
Managing our finances is one of the toughest things for most people to do well. Countless books have been written on the subject. Countless television personalities offer their advice. It seems that many people, particularly in a down economy, are trying to understand how to better manage their finances. As followers of Christ, we are not exempt from this need. In fact, the Bible has many passages regarding how to properly manage our finances, particularly in Proverbs. The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom on how a follower of Christ should effectively deal with money. The first step in managing our finances is realizing that everything we have comes from God. He gives us every dollar we have or will ever have and expects us to properly steward what He has entrusted us to have. With that foundation in place, we can begin to look at specifics in Proverbs for some practical advice on managing money. In today’s key passage, there are five principles we should all follow to properly manage our finances in a God-honoring way.
Give – “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Vs. 19:17) – Perhaps the most important lesson anyone can learn about managing finances is the importance of giving. As followers of Christ, we are called to help those people who are less fortunate that us. We are called to give generously and with a happy heart. Without a giving spirit, no other advice on finance will ever amount to anything.
Work Hard – “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” (Vs. 20:4) – Proverbs has a lot to say about laziness. When God provides us with a job, He expects us to work hard. He expects us to try our best. We cannot simply lie around doing nothing and expect God to provide for us. God does provide, but He expects us to be involved in the process. He expects us to do our part.
Work Honestly – “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.” (Vs. 20:17) – It is not enough to just work hard. We have to be honest in our business dealings, just as we are honest in our personal dealings. No amount of money is worth compromising your honesty and integrity. Honor God with your work.
Save For the Future – “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” (Vs. 21:20) – During times of plenty, we are called to save money for times of less. Do not misunderstand here – we are not called to hoard everything we make, but putting some money away for a rainy day is sound advice. If you find that you are spending everything you make, you are spending entirely too much.
Be Happy With What You Have – “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” (Vss. 21:25-26) – One of the problems with money is that for many people, having more means wanting more. Do you constantly want to buy a new item? Are you constantly looking for your next big purchase? When we are happy with what God has provided instead of wishing for more, we will find it much easier to honor God with the money we do have.
Managing our finances in a God-honoring way is an important part of the Christian walk, but never forget that the money we make and the things we buy are temporary compared to the eternal things of God. With that in mind, the best place we can turn for advice on managing our finances is God’s Word. As we follow His directions, we will find it much easier to be good stewards.
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