So that's kind of a dumb question. I suppose if you asked 100 people on the street, "Would you like a little more money?", 100 people would probably say 'Yes, What's the catch? How do I do it?"
You may not realize that in the book of Proverbs, Solomon mentions the topic of money, wealth or finances in over 100 verses of the book's 915 verses. Or a little more than 11%. (that's in case you need info for a trivial pursuit night)
Sunday we're going to cover several ways Solomon lists, but right now as you're reading this let me give you a couple really practical things he would advise.
1) Be a hard worker. He has much to say about how those who are slackers or lazy people are probably going to struggle in this life You can see for yourself in 6:6-11. In 10:4 he just comes out & says it, "Lazy hands make a person poor". You & I want to master good work habits as well as pass them along to our kids. I think the challenge is most lazy people wouldn't consider themselves lazy. On Sunday we're going to look at some ways to identify if someone you know might have a problem in this area.
2) People who are wasteful or not very smart end up with less. Proverbs 21:5 says "Haste leads to poverty". I think what he might be referring to his people who spend their money without thinking about it, or planning accordingly. People who are hoping to get rich by playing the lottery or investing what little they have in risky ventures. Just not demonstrating much forethought gets people in situations that hurt them.
3) Greedy people end up jammed up financially... Seems counterintuitive I know, but folks who are thinking of others using what they have to bless others end up in a better spot financially. Stingy, self-centered people do not end up winning in the end. Proverbs 15:27 says "A greedy man brings trouble to his family". Proverbs 23:4, "Do not wear yourself out trying to get rich but have the wisdom to know when to quit". Proverbs 28:25 says "trusting the Lord leads to prosperity". Where is your confidence when it comes to your financial picture.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Better to go to be hungry than rise in debt." Sunday we'll at how the Lord's wisdom regarding our finances can improve our financial health now and in the future!
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