To Do: Read and meditate on Proverbs 23
Focus Point: Proverbs 23:4-5
The New living translations says, Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.
I love that this scripture deals with wisdom in your finances. Often times in marriages, arguments begin over money issues. If there are two working spouses with a common goal, they can find themselves lost in going after the “American Dream” or keeping up with the “Joneses”. The goal of today is to get rich or die trying, at least that’s what rapper 50 Cents says. Rapper Biggie says, “More money more problems”. When do we stop and think about what the Lord says.
The Lord says in Proverbs 10:22, “The blessings of the Lord it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In Matthew 6:33 it says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Today’s scripture warns us against wearing ourselves out to get rich. In marriage, a husband may work multiple jobs in order to make tons of money to support his family, not realizing that he is hurting his family because he can not spend as much time with them. His health now suffers because he has no time for rest or exercise because he is too busy chasing the almighty dollar.
Jehovah Jireh is our provider and allows us to enjoy our lives and our spouses. We should definitely make a plan to build wealth and have goals in marriage but we should be seeking God for our purpose and all other things will be added including riches. Focus on loving one another because riches obtained the wrong way with fly away like an eagle, just as the scripture says.
Affirmation of the day:
My spouse and I are healthy, wealthy, and wise.