In the first blog on my two part blog about foolishness I wrote about self image and wasting money. This one will be on strictly money and being wiser with it.
This morning I realized I am absolutely foolish about my money. Like most people I would just spend it as fast as I get it. I have an addiction with it. I always thought it was fine though. I was under the influence money doesn’t matter at all. If I ever need it God will provide it for me. It is hard to argue against that train of thought and so I never thought twice about it. Today it really hit me though. Over and over again in the bible we can find scripture that talks about how foolish it is to just spend your money and not save it up. Matthew 25 gives a great illustration about saving up your money. You can find all over Proverbs about spending money foolishly as well.
For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!
I have been so foolish! Not only have not been thinking about the future and not saving up, but I also have even bragged about it to a few of my friends on how I don’t save because I know the Lord will just provide when needed! Granted the Lord does provide for us when needed, but He also wants us to do work as well. He wants us think for the future and save our money so that we can be ready to give when needed. We just have to be careful about the love of money overpowering us.
You can find 250 bible verses about money here.
- Fools act before they think
- Proverbs 13:16
- Fools spend more than they earn
- Proverbs 21:20
- Fools hurt those they love
- Proverbs 14:1
- Fools think they know it all
- Proverbs 12:15
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to not be a fool. Help me resist the temptation of spending my money foolishly. Help me to achieve wisdom. Help me to plan for my future. Help me to seek you first before all things. Thanks for all you have given me! I unworthy of it, but yet you love me and provide for me. Thanks. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!