Frugality of Wisdom

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Daily Reading: Esther 1:1-3:15, 1 Cor. 11:17-34, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 21:19-20

Daily Verse: “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.” Prov. 21:20

Frugality of wisdom.

Solomon points out the forward-thinking of wisdom, contrasting wise people and foolish ones. People who squander everything don’t think about tomorrow’s needs. But smart people realize they must save for a rainy day because it will come.

Biblical financial principles incorporate wisdom. Tithing first, saving second, and spending third. Today’s scripture speaks to storing excess, not using it all at once, and living in moderation to avoid running out.

Aging makes me more frugal. Learning how quickly money goes and how slowly it comes makes me think twice before spending.   Paying cash for things helps; only able to spend the amount in my pocket. Credit cards do the opposite, allowing one to spend more than they should. Swiping much easier than spending a stash of cash.

Live in moderation, understanding rainy days will come. Devouring all of our treasures at once leaves us vulnerable to difficult times. But storing up reserves prepares us for the day of disaster.

Lord, forgive us for overindulging and devouring all our blessings. Help us apply self-control to our treasures, storing them for rainy days and preparing for the day of disaster. Let us weather the storm well as we allow You to guide and direct us. IJNIP. Amen

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