Book: Proverbs 10
“The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money”
If there is one thing that people don’t like, it is someone evaluating how they spend their money. Sometimes the attitude is “It is my money so I can do what I want with it”. If you have ever watched any of Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s money shows, “Til Debt Do Us Part” or “Princess” you will know that even when people have squandered all of their money they still argue they deserve more.
In today’s materialistic culture it is easy to spend. Credit is available and there are so many opportunities to buy things and experiences. Advertisers and businesses know that if they can persuade a shopper that they “need”, “deserve”, or “should have” an item it will be purchased. Although in the advertisement it may sound like the service or product will make the shopper “feel” better the reality is, the good feeling doesn’t last.
God has given us the ability to earn an income not to harm us or for it to be wasted. He actually wants it to be used to enhance our lives! Remember that God’s economy is different than the world’s economy. The world says, “get, get, get” but Gods’ economy is “you have been blessed to bless others.” We actually enhance our lives by being a conduit of God’s grace through finances to others. Using the earnings that God has blessed us in the way He desires bring joy and peace.
Personal finances is an important topic in the Bible even if people don’t like to hear it. There are over 2000 verses in God’s Word that talk about money. You may want to consider doing a personal study on some of those verses so that you can enhance you life even more (and be a blessing to others).
I encourage you to take a few minutes to thank the Lord for your earnings and commit them to Him asking Him to guide you so that your life will be enhanced by wise spending.