The bible has a lot to say about money and stewardship, but it is far from a "get rich quick" guide or a book of instructions that guarantee financial success. Quite the opposite in fact, and as we have learned from past proverbs, "Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf." (Proverbs 11:28)
While we can see that generally speaking a sound financial plan leads to better outcomes than impulsive spending, our proverb for today is pointing us to a greater truth: If we know to make good choices in our physical lives, even though there is no 100% guarantee of the outcome, how much more so in our spiritual lives, where we can count on the promises of God?
Jesus took this approach when he was teaching this wisdom to us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
Even if we make wise choices in what we invest our money in, and it withstands decay, inflation, the ups and down of the economy, there is still the reality that someone can just come along and steal it away from us. Jesus promises us, "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28)
So as we consider today's proverb let's take time to make sure we are diligent not just in the mundane affairs of this earthly life, but diligent to plan and invest in the spiritual riches that Christ offers. The blessings and assurance that we can obtain from diligently pursuing the life of Christ will pay out in eternal dividends.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank you so much for taking such good care of me. Let me use the resources you have given me to further your kingdom and be a blessing to others. Jesus teach me how to be diligent in living out the will of the Father in my life. By your Holy Spirit, keep me focused on eternal things that will never be taken from me. Amen.