Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23 - Prov. 23

Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:23MSG‬‬

There are some things that are priceless; things that money can't buy and that should not be taken for granted. We are told to pursue these things and invest our time, energy and money into these things.

While most people would agree with this principle, living it is quite another. We see people wearing themselves out to get rich, which is very different from working hard to provide for your family. Every day there's a new "get rich quick" scheme, which is different than saving and planning. Credit cards provide ease and convenience, but can become a self-imposed ball and chain - a form of financial slavery - if you're not wise with them. Riches and amassing material goods should never be confused with happiness and contentment, yet the pursuit of prosperity remains one of the toughest temptations to weed out.

Our relationships to God, those closest to us, and to others needs be a priority; the thing that we seek first and foremost. This is what Jesus meant when he said "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all of the "other stuff of life - those things you need and spend time worrying about - will be provided for you" (my loose translation).  This isn't a cop-out for not planning, or working hard, or being level-headed when it comes to money, but rather a directive (a moral compass) that guides our direction, desires, and attention.

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