When Our Money Fails!
I have made a habit of reading a Proverb each day corresponding with the day of the month for several years. I rotate between five Psalms a day one month and then one Proverb a day the next month. Then I start again. It seems I learn something new, or am reminded of a truth, or principle that I had put on the shelf in my mind and forgotten.
This morning I read this - Proverbs 27:23-27 (NKJV) Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds; 24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations. 25 When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, 26 The lambs will provide your clothing, And the goats the price of a field; 27 You shall have enough goats' milk for your food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants.
The application of these verses as it relates to our money and livelihood caught my attention again. Here was some Godly wisdom, from probably Solomon, on the foundation of living in his world, and it also applies to ours today. Three principles stood out to me and I pray will encourage you today as we realize that the value of our dollars and our assets can change very quickly. Here is what God revealed to me:
1. We need to develop a dedication to our vocations.
Solomon advises us to be diligent and watchful in our work. A good work ethic and commitment is of great value as it will pay dividends down the road. A person who is talented, but not dependable, will always take a back seat to someone who will be there when you need them.
2. We should realize our money may not always be there.
We are all aware of how our economy can go from robust to recession in just a few short weeks. Inflation can take its toll on our purchasing ability and cash flow. With everything that is going on in our nation and world we know we cannot depend too much on the value of our dollars.
3. We can trust that our effort and commitment will be worth it.
Solomon tells us that this man’s flocks (his work) will sustain him in the tough times. His flock will provide clothing, money for the purchase of a field, milk for their food, and nourishment for his servants. Our money could be worth nothing one day, but someone who has shown an ability and desire to work for his/her living will find opportunities to meet their needs.
Our world constantly speaks of investing in things, but maybe God is saying it is of far greater value to invest in our commitment to what He has given us. Always remember that He is in control. Trust in Him most of all. Just saying…