October 8

Don’t Rob Your Future, Part 2

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 28:20, 22 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished…A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

Proverbs 10:4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

We are told by financial advisors never to take out money early from an interest-bearing account, as there are significant financial penalties. We know that and understand that we are compromising our fiscal futures by taking out monies now that should be left alone to be enjoyed in the future.

This natural law has many spiritual applications, but one of the most obvious lessons still regards money. We can rob our futures by striving to bring forth the financial blessings of God. As discussed in the April 26 devotional, the “promise” of Proverbs 22:20 (above) should give us pause; no one should hasten after riches if the promise is a sure punishment. Yet the lure of riches is a strong one, and can be a deadly stumbling block.

Some folks can accrue wealth rather easily, and God bless them for that. The issue is not wealth itself. The issues are hastening and diligence. When we hasten, we tend to rush, ignoring things that need our attention. We can push past and even hurt people and things when we hasten, and hastening isn’t a healthy approach to anything, either physically or psychologically.

What God does call us to is faithfulness and diligence. If riches become ours as we remain faithful to His call and do with diligence what He has given us to do, then this is the “blessing of the Lord [that] makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”

God knows that we have needs, and may well have financial blessing in our futures. But if there is any “hastening” in the process of earning (or making) money, if we don’t treasure the concepts of faithfulness and diligence, then we are likely to suffer from those sins. In that case, our futures may be as compromised as those belonging to the folks who drain their accounts ahead of time.

Let’s be faithful to what He is showing us to do, and let’s do it diligently. Then if his financial blessings come, there will be no sorrow with it.

Prayer: Father, if I am hastening to be rich in any way, please show me. Help me to focus instead on faithfulness and diligence. May all my blessings be given to me in Your time and Your way, with Your blessings on them.

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