Proverbs 23:10-13 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee. Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
In America, we are taught if we work hard and long, we can have anything we desire. This is partially true, and partially a lie. If you work for several hours in the day and are diligent in your endeavors, you can often advance within the company for which you work. The money earned from that position would allow you to buy many of the toys the world dangles out in front of us. However, you cannot have everything.
You can never get those hours back that you put in to earn that money. I live in west Michigan near the lake. I cannot tell you the number of people I have seen who have worked hard to buy a nice boat to take their families out on. Then it stays parked all summer long because they are too busy working to pay the slip rental, and upkeep to be able to take their family anywhere.
Our wisdom tells us to get all we can, can all we get, sit on the can, and poison the rest so no one else gets any. God’s Word tells us to use another’s wisdom. One that is higher than our own, God’s wisdom.
I am not implying a person should not work to support their family and life. The Bible is very clear that if a man does not work, he should not eat. In other words, everyone should pull his or her own weight to the best of their ability. However, what God is teaching us here is that our job should support our life and family. Our job should not be our life away from family. We need to be there to both correct and cuddle with our children while we still can. “Apply thine heart unto instruction.”
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
As you prepare for today, ask yourself, how is what I am doing today showing my family that I’m using good financial and time management skills with them in mind? They need to feel financially stable, loved, and emotionally secure. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own wisdom. Let Him direct your paths. Life’s more enjoyable with God in control.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Micah 5 – Nahum 3 / Proverbs 23:10-13
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Pro. 28-29 / 2 Co. 9-10
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