Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,

   with the firstfruits of all your crops;

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

   and your vats will brim over with new wine.

 What does it look like to honor the Lord with your wealth? These verses are often cited to encourage giving, but we must not forget that the primary issue at hand is wisdom. First, this is a call to financial responsibility. Fools consume their wealth, when it is gone they have little to show for it. It is also unwise to hoard wealth, as fear and greed would have us do. The honorable thing is to make the most of what you have; striking a balance between giving, saving and living.

 “With the firstfruits of all your crops…” We must waste no time in being responsible, it is best to have a plan for your money before you get it. Remember that the Lord is not only generous, he also invites us to take part in his generosity. One mustn’t look far to find an opportunity to bless someone, which often turns out to be the most satisfying thing you can do with your money. The more grateful you are the more generous you will be; gratitude and generosity are the antidotes of fear and greed. This is why giving is best done first.

 “Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” If you are responsible with your money and include giving and saving in your budget, it is only a matter of time until you will have an abundance. Spending comes naturally, but giving and saving habits must be intentionally developed. Establish a percentage to give, another to save, and learn how to live off of the rest. This can be difficult at first, but the longer you stick to it the easier it will get. One step at a time, you can get to where you want to be.

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