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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 22 – Do You Have A CCS?

“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge;

but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

– Proverbs 22:3

I overheard one of my managers in baseball once say to a teammate of mine,

“Son, did you forget your CCS today?”

To which he, of course, said, “My what?”

“You know!  Your CCS, Certificate of Common Sense.”

That has always stayed with me, mainly because the guy that he was talking to probably couldn’t spell CCS, let alone actually comprehend what he just told him, but also because it’s so true.

The fact of the matter is that sometimes we make life too hard.

Sure there are tough times we don’t see coming like illness, loss of a job, or even natural disasters that cause pain and struggle in our life, but that’s not always how hard times come.  I’d venture to say that 90% of the problems we go through in life are self-inflicted wounds.

We all desire wisdom in our life to make the right decisions.  We want God to show us the right way to go so we can have the least amount of pain and highest amount of gain.      However, when God does show us the direction to go or the right decision to make it, doesn’t mean we always listen.  The wise decision is clearly in front of us, but more times than not we choose to go our way.  And when it goes bad we blame God when we are flat on our face in a pile of our own mess.

The writer of Proverbs would call these two types of people “prudent” and “simple”.

Prudent people find wisdom and follow it regardless of the happiness it will allow them.  Simple people think their 3 pound brain has all the answers and thumb their nose at God’s wisdom.

Here are some examples:

Marriage:

Prudent Person:  Sees marriage as covenant between a man and a woman and chooses to honor, love, and work hard to make the marriage work through all things.

Simple Person:  Sees marriage as a contract that can be broken at the slightest hint of weight gain, money loss, or stress.

 

Money

Prudent Person: Sees their finances as stewardship of God’s resources and desires to honor Him in the way they give, save, and spend.

Simple Person:  Sees their money as fruit of their hard work and therefore can spend it however they like, even if that means spending money they don’t have.

 

Work

Prudent Person:  Sees work as a privilege and wants to work with integrity, good work ethic, and in a God honoring way to all that see them.

Simple Person:  Sees work as a right and works just as much as is needed while looking for the most pay for the least amount of effort.

Some of these misguided ways are a product of our environments to be sure.  Where you grew up, who you grew up with, and what you saw while you grew up will shape your expectation for these and many other things in life.

However, I don’t see that as an excuse to stand on too long, because what is right and what is wrong will shine through in High Definition clarity in spite of environment.  The reason is that we have the choice on what and who we follow.

“Do not make friends with a hot tempered man,

do not associate with one easily angered,

or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Proverbs 22:24-25

Choose good people to associate with and wisdom will be close.  Choose to place yourself in positive environments free of temptation and wisdom will be close. Choose to place your trust fully in Jesus and wisdom will be close.

There are situations in life where right and wrong can seem hard to identify, but more times than not the right thing to do is a matter of common sense. Regardless of whether a decision is hard or easy, the root of all wisdom is never found within us, but in our pursuit of God’s will and character.

Pursue Him in all things and you will never have to wonder where you put your Certificate of Common Sense.

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Seeking Wisdom – Proverbs 21: Trying To Automate God’s System

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan

that can succeed against The Lord.”

– Proverbs 21:30

My best friend and I used to work landscaping together when we were in college.  It was seriously some of the most fun I’ve had in my life because any time Robb and I get together we always had a blast.  There was never a problem with a hard project or crummy job with us because if we did it together we found a way to have fun and knock it out.

One of our classic sayings on the job site was “let’s automate the system” which meant we gotta find an easier way to do this job.  We once “trailered” my Jeep on the back of a flatbed so we didn’t have to drive separate, we changed seats from driver to passenger on the fly so we didn’t have to stop driving, and I’m pretty sure we used a Dewalt drill for everything from opening pop cans to unscrewing eyeglass screws.

Berg-Man and I would “automate the system” with everything and anything possible including deciding to trench sprinkler system pipe with the 5′ wide bucket of a Bobcat and not the 8″ trenching shovel we were supposed to.   Needless to say we got the job done, but the lawn…well…let’s just say it didn’t look completely “normal” when we were done.

I know I still try to do that in my life today.

I’ll try to find easier ways to do all kinds of things so I get them done quicker or get them over with.  Yet, nearly every time I do things my way it will take me twice as long than if I would have just followed the directions from the beginning.

The same can be said about God’s wisdom.

Pursuing the wisdom of God is a process that occurs over time and can’t be microwaved.  Trying to expedite the processes of knowing God or discovering His will in your life will only slow your spiritual growth down causing you more and more frustration along the way.

However, we can also derail the progress of knowing God by our sin.  Our sin screams in the face of God “our way is better than Yours” which will always drag us back to our knees.  Trying to “automate the system” in a way that places our desires ahead of God’s creates an arrogant relationship that demands everything of God and requires nothing of me.

Plain and simple, a plan that is not from God is a plan that is against God.

The only way to find the wisdom we desire in our life and the direction we need from God is to crumple up our best made plans and flush them.  We need to stop trying to match wits with the Creator of the Universe and interjecting our suggestions to his holiness and humbly follow.

The sooner we are able to start following His plan the quicker we will stop jacking up our life.  It’s time to stop going back to the drawing board after another failed marriage, another hangover, another shameful walk back to your car after another one night stand and it’s time to start sprinting to God’s plan.

There is no time like the present to stop failing at this life God has given you and start succeeding at it by being wise enough to see God’s plan is far better than ours ever will be.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 20 – Sinful Heart Disease

From the very beginning of Proverbs Solomon taught us that “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”.  However, as we refine our search for wisdom upon a Godly foundation we also have to realize that seeking wisdom also means we must stop lying to ourselves.

I so often see people traveling down a path of sin and destruction lying to themselves with every step.  It’s amazing to hear people’s self-justification for why they need to keep doing what they are doing.

Sin has a way of grabbing hold of our soul in way that makes us do or say things we normally never would. It clouds our thinking and reasoning in such a profound way that we literally are not in our right mind.  We fail to think like God wants us to, and we instead ignore Him to follow our heart.

It’s this heart that beats for happiness and self gratification at all costs.

Solomon profoundly says in Proverbs 20:5

The purpose of a mans heart are deep waters,

but a man of understanding draws them out.

I’ve found the deeper you dive into the sinful heart of man the more and more darkness you discover.  The more self-justified it becomes.  The more and more lost it really is.

My apologies to the American Heart Association, but I believe sin is truly the number one cause of heart disease in our world.

Can you resonate with any of these heart patients?

  • Patient #1:  A young, mid-30‘s man with a great future ahead of him.  He comes from a good home, has a good job, and even has some friends he’d call close.  Everyone likes to be around him and by the looks of it he has it all together.  But what hides deep in his heart is that alcohol is his god.  He will say he only does it socially with friends, but the truth is that he can’t make it to lunch without a drink.  He will self-justify that it’s good for his body and that he’s got it under control, but deep down he knows that this sin train is traveling so fast he can’t stop it and it’s destined to derail his life.
  • Patient #2:  A wife and mother of three sits in her comfortable suburban home looking out the back window sipping coffee.  Opening the back door, she lets the dog inside before getting ready to go to the gym.  She’s always loved working out and with the kids in school she is free to take her time now without rushing.  However this time it’s not just working out she’s rushing to get to, but Craig.  You see Craig is a guy she met at the gym and he says all the right things to fill in all the gaps in her life her heart says are missing.  If you ask her it’s only an innocent friendship, but deep down she is about to throw away her entire life for the fleeting affections of a man who will treat her like a used Kleenex once he gets what he wants.
  • Patient #3:  A middle-aged man kisses his wife and son good-bye before hopping in the company truck.  For the last 15 years he’s taken this ride to work, but the other day his boss pulled him into the office with some news.  Despite the tough economy things have been good where he works and they want to promote him.  As he outlines the new position, the man realizes that this new position will require more time away from home and possibly even being out-of- town over the weekend.  It doesn’t take long to realize that he won’t be able to coach his son’s soccer team anymore and may even mean waiting to have another baby.  He shakes off the feelings quickly so as to not to be distracted and signs the new contract without discussing it with his wife.  His heart tells him he just did the best thing for his family because he’s able to provide for them better.  What his heart didn’t tell him is that it may be more money but it will be far less of him that his family gets.

So many of us will read these situations and say “Come on man how can you not see how crazy this is!”, but the reality is that when you heart is infected with sin this happens all the time.

The cure for disease is not exercise or even eating better, but rather trusting God and seeking His wisdom in our life.  When we stop lying to ourselves about our sin and start being truthful with what God has designed for us to be doing, we start to gain traction in our faith.

We start to gain wisdom that is sure to cure our heart and our soul in the process.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 19 – Developing the 5th Tool of Teachability

“Stop listening to instruction, my son,

and you will stray form the words of knowledge.”

Proverbs 19:27

One of the hardest things for people to do is listen.

If you could look at me right now I’d have my hand in the air because I have a tough time doing it too especially as a guy who likes to fix things.  Once I start seeing solution pieces flying around the air while someone is talking I can’t help but to start plucking them out of the air and putting them into an action.  I admit that I’ve gotten better at this, but it has taken time and a concerted effort to shut down the problem fixing side of my brain and jump start the shut up and listen part.

There is another side to listening though.  It is listening to direction, instruction, correction, and wisdom of others that is also hard to do.

When Major League Baseball scouts are evaluating talent for upcoming drafts they evaluate them on 5 tools.  The first 4 have to do with their athletic ability and are obviously necessary.  You can’t have a player drafted who can’t hit, throw, or run because that would defeat the purpose of the game.  However the 5th tool is often looked at as the most important to scouts and organizations.  It is the “Teachability Tool”.  In other words, this is the ability to take instruction from someone and then apply it to your game so you can improve.  Scouts know that if you can find a player with that 5th tool to go along with the others they have the best chance of success.

I think if we used this evaluation process in our world we’d see a lot of people lacking that 5th tool.

There are people that may have great abilities in parenting, pastoring, being a spouse, or in their spiritual walks but the lack of a 5th tool in their life holds them back.  There is an aversion to accepting wisdom from other’s that keeps them from every being more than they could be right now.

We bristle at direction or correction by other’s because in our fragile human condition we think that if we say they are right we are seen as dumb, weak, or unable to figure it out on our own.

I have this problem a lot, but I deeply want improvement on it.  I’ve seen where my attitude and sourness to instruction and knowledge from others has only served to stifle me in my life not strengthen me in my individuality.

Our spiritual lives are stunted as well when we don’t listen to Godly counsel or to God’s Word.  The lives of others, the direction from the Bible, and the Spirit living in the lives of those around us are gifts God gives us for us to grow.  When we turn a blind eye to these gifts we miss out on valuable connection with God.

By our actions we are saying that our way is better than His way.

I’m encouraged that the wisest man in the world saw the value of accepting knowledge.  These verses have brought great clarity and direction to me and I hope they do the same for you.

 

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience;

    it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11

 

“He who obeys instructions guards his life,

    but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.” – Proverbs 19:16

 

“Stop listening to instruction, my son,

    and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” – Proverbs 19:27

I pray that we all can be quick to listen, eager to apply, and slow to put stock in our ability to figure it all out.  Develop that 5th tool of teachability in your life and there is no doubt you will grow and find your ability to avoid many of life’s roadblocks will increase.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 18 – Velcro Relationships

“A man of many companions may come to ruin,

    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

There is no way around it.

The world is filled with people.

Family people.

Friend people.

Annoying people.

Beautiful people.

Happy people.

Cranky people.

Spouse people.

The world is filled with people and even worse…we have to interact with them.  There is no way around it because people are everywhere!

Proverbs 18 shows us a small list of the types of people this world has to offer and what we might expect from them.

“An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.”  Pv. 18:1

“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.” Pv. 18:2

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” Pv. 18:9

The difficult part about people is that we can’t tell who any of them are just by looking at them.  They don’t carry around signs that say, “I’m selfish”, “I’m a cheater”, and “I’m a liar”.  No, we only find out these things after we get to know someone.  After we talk to someone.  After we spend time with someone.

To know someone requires having a relationship with him or her and that can be risky.

I’m not immune to poor relationships and I’ve been burned many times by people too.  I’ve felt the effects of a “tongue with the power of life and death” (v. 21).  I’ve been the one who “answers before listening” (v. 13) and have offended people.

However, even when those things have happened and I find myself bent over trying to catch my breath or getting the knife from my back I don’t give up on people.

I don’t give up because God has wired us all to have relationships with one another as part of His perfect design. Sanctus Real’s lyrics, “Oh, Oh we need each other”, sum it up best because we do need each other.

Yet, despite the pain and anguish we go through with crummy relationships, it seems to make those really good relationship we stumble upon even better.

Some of Solomon’s best words I believe are found in verse 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.“

I’ve been blessed to find Velcro friends that stick close to me in my lifetime.  These are men and women that challenge me to be a better man of God, but yet also are there to encourage me through the tough stuff.  I certainly hope they view me as a Velcro friend too because after sifting through a sea of frustrating relationships I can see how vital they are to my existence.

God designed us to find those brothers and sisters that stick close to us.  Yes, it will require you to put yourself out there long enough to get to know people, but I pray that at some point you will find a person whose Hook matches your Loop and you will be Velcro together with a bond that is hard to separate.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 17:17 – Do You Really Have Any Friends?

“A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.”

– Proverbs 17:17

 The word “friend” is used to loosely.

In some ways it has reached the same vanilla coverage that “love” has in that it’s used so freely in describe anyone that you come in contact.

I even know some people that will say they have 10-12 best friends.

I’m confused.  Isn’t a best friend 1 person?

The fear I have with this blanket use of friend and even best friend is that we may have no idea what a true friend looks like and what a true friend is supposed to do.

Solomon gives us a simple job description for what we should look for in a friend in Proverbs 17:17.

As your friend I promise to:

  1. Love you unconditionally
  2. Stand by you during anything.

Too simple?

Do this for me.  Think of your top 5 friends and put them through the filter of just these two questions.  Would they pass the test?  Will they love you ALL the time?  Will they walk through ANY rough patch?

We certainly need people that we hang out with, who we go to baseball games with, who we carpool with, but I don’t think that is the extent to which God wants us to live.  He wants us to live with deep relationships.

He wants us to have people we can get past our safe “I’m fine, how are you?” responses and into real conversations that involve tears, questions, and challenges to each other.

When we dare to enter into those types of relationships I believe we have realized true friendship.

Even Jesus had varying degrees of relationships with the people he interacted with.

  • His Group – 12 Disciples
  • His Friends – Peter, James, John
  • His Best Friend – John

I don’t mean to pull the Jesus-card, but if Jesus thought it important to have a friend that considered closer than any of the others, don’t you think we do too?

I want to encourage you and I to pursue authentic and deep relationships with people.  Find someone you can trust, value, and relate to, but then be willing to extend yourself past the pleasantries and into vulnerability.   It will take time and you can’t just ask anyone to do this, but I believe the long-term effects are worth the wait and effort.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 16:16 – my way vs. His Way

“How much better to get wisdom than gold,

to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16

My wife and I are planners.

I take that back.

My wife and I are EXTREME planners.

We both love To-Do lists, spreadsheets, calendars, and the satisfaction of checking off a box on one of our many checklists.  This has spilled into everything we do from leaving to go to the zoo to planning for retirement.  We believe that planning is not a bad thing, but a smart thing.

However, God doesn’t always refer to our spreadsheet before doing things.

We have seen many examples of where our plan was not His plan.

  • We planned on moving to Colorado after getting married, but God’s plan said you are going to Chicago where you know no one and you will become a Pastor.
  • We planned to stay in our townhouse 2 years and then move to a home, but God still has us in our townhouse after nearly 10 years and are surrounded by a sea of “For Sales” signs in our neighborhood reminding us that God has a different plan.
  • We planned on having a baby in November 2006, but God said you will not be able to have kids the “fun way” and so May 2008 after IVF is your new plan

As logical as it seems to loosen up our idealistic ideas of planning every aspect of our life we still do it.  We still put down goals, plans, and expectations we hope to reach.  What we’ve learned to do though is to hold them looser and leave room for God’s audibles because they always seem to be better than our original ideas.

In Proverbs 16 Solomon is preaching that very same sermon.

His opening line in Proverbs 16:1 pulls back the curtain fairly abruptly on his point when he says “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.  He continues in verse 9 by saying “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

These verses hit me like a ton of bricks because I know that they speaking right to me.

They make me ask myself this question:

“Are my plans going to bring me glory or God glory?”

In the end, the answer to this question will determine God’s blessing on your plans.

Solomon outlines beautifully the two sides of this coin.

My Glory =“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.Proverbs 16:25

God’s Glory =“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

Now I’m not naive enough to think that just because we pray to God and ask him to make our plans succeed for His Glory that they will work every time.  However, I know without a doubt that through the journey of pursuing Godly plans we will draw closer to God and in the end that is success.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 15:15 – The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart

All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15

For all my peeps that grew up in the church, do you remember this song from Sunday School?

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

Where? Down in my heart!

Where? Down in my heart!

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,

down in my heart

down in my heart to stay.

 

And I’m so happy. So very happy !

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

And I’m so happy so very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart!

If that song is stuck in your head now for the rest of the day…you’re welcome.

I know I remember singing it but never understood what it meant except that I knew after it was over it was snack time.

But if we consider the implications of these simple words they can be transformational.

Imagine the joy and love of Jesus in your heart to stay.  The peace, understanding, compassion, mercy, grace, unconditional love of Jesus in your heart to stay.  Now that WOULD make me happy for sure.  In fact it would make me beyond happy.

It would make me down right joyful.

Solomon echoes this idea in Proverbs 15.  Throughout these lines you hear the attributes of a joyful person jumping off the pages.

  • gentle answer turns away wrath” – v.1
  • “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,” v.2
  • “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,” v. 3
  • “The house of the righteous contains great treasure,” v. 6
  • “A happy heart makes the face cheerful,” v.13
  • “the cheerful heart has a continual feast” v. 15
  • A man finds joy in giving an apt reply” v. 23
  • “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,” v. 30

However we also see the results of a sour spirit and an unjoyful person too.

  • “harsh word stirs up anger.”  v. 1
  • “the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” v. 2
  • a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” v. 4
  • The LORD detests the way of the wicked” v. 9
  • “heartache crushes the spirit.” v. 13
  • “All the days of the oppressed are wretched,” v. 15
  • “A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,” v. 18
  • A greedy man brings trouble to his family, v. 27
  • “the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.” v. 28

What I think is so important to remember, is that the control for our joy is found within us.

If we allow the true love of Jesus to consume us than joy is in abundance.

But if the world is allowed to overtake our spirit we become joy deficient and the storm clouds always seem to be resting over our heads.

We have the choice on how we react and interact with the world around us.  My prayer is that you and I choose to allow the love of Christ to dwell within us so deeply that no matter what is throw our way our spirit can remain filled with joy.

Down in my heart to stay!

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 14:14 – Words of Wisdom For A Busy Week

The faithless will be fully repaid of their ways,

and the goodman rewarded for his.”

– Probers 14:14

I wanted to be brief today for a reason.

There is much to do and the week is just beginning.

I’m writing this on a Monday and ahead of me lies messages to write, people to visit in hospitals, grass to cut, meetings to attend and conduct, music to learn and prepare, an Easter Service to finalize, and that’s just the stuff I know about!  Who knows what there is in store for me that I can’t even see!

I’m sure you are looking at the landscape of your week and thinking that same thing.

There is much to do.

I want us all to let Solomon’s words sink into us and be a reminder that hard work, integrity, perseverance, and a God centered approach to all that we do is crucial to not just making it through our week, but thriving in our week to His Glory.

Solomon was far from perfect, but we can learn much from the words of one of the wealthiest, wisest, and God fearing men we know of in the Bible.

 

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.Proverbs 14:1

“A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. – Proverbs 14:5

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.Proverbs 14:8

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.Proverbs 14:12

“All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.Proverbs 14:23

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.Proverbs 14:26

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.Proverbs 14:27

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. – Proverbs 14:30

 

Take a moment to reread those passages above and let them sink in.  Find one that resonates with your upcoming week and write it down on small piece of paper.  Now, take that piece of paper and tape it to the dashboard of your car when you leave.  Have it serve as a reminder to you each day of this week of where your focus needs to be.

Now, take a minute to think of someone you know that is going to have a busy or a stressful week.  Pray that God will lay the truths of Proverbs 14 on their hearts and pray for God’s encouragement in their life.

Finally, take a moment to pray for yourself.  Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment for decisions that are pleasing to Him.  Pray you do not neglect your relationship with Him at the expense of this busy week, but find balance.  Ask that He use your week for his Glory in the lives of anyone you come in contact with.  Finally ask God to allow you to look back at the end of this week and be pleased with what was accomplished by His strength.

There may be much to do, but I know God is good in all things so I’m ready to take it on.

How about you?!!

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 13:13 – Winning The Lottery Is The Easy Part

“He who scorns instruction will pay for it,

   but he who respects a command is rewarded.”

Proverbs 13:13

Lottery winners fascinate me.

Think about it, millions of dollars are instantly heaped upon a very unassuming person that days before was buying a strawberry-mango slushy, a pack of Marlboros, and a PowerBall ticket at the 7Eleven just as they had done for years.

Now, after defying all mathematical probability, their bank accounts look like an expired yogurt in a hoarder’s refrigerator; bloated and ready to burst.

This newly minted millionaire is still trapped in a middle class money management body, but now has to answer the question of “What do I do with so much?” instead of “How can I do so much with so little?”

It really shouldn’t surprise us when these people spend their money on the craziest things like Samurai swords, Go-Cart tracks, and 300 sheep.  Equally unsurprising are the “friends” that rise up out of the woodwork like the SwampThing when the money arrives, but “shockingly”, not all of them are looking to congratulate them on their newfound success.  Just listen to this story I read about a man named Bud.

“William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but ended up living on his Social Security. “I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare,” says Post.

A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of his winnings. It wasn’t his only lawsuit. A brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to inherit a share of the winnings. Other siblings pestered him until he agreed to invest in a car business and a restaurant in Sarasota, Fla., – two ventures that brought no money back and further strained his relationship with his siblings. Post even spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector. Within a year, he was $1 million in debt.

Post admitted he was both careless and foolish, trying to please his family. He eventually declared bankruptcy. Now he lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps. “I’m tired, I’m over 65 years old, and I just had a serious operation for a heart aneurysm. Lotteries don’t mean (anything) to me,” said Post. He died of respiratory failure.”

Solomon says in Proverbs 13:8  “A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat.”  I’m willing to bet that Bud would be saying “Amen” to those words.

Money has the potential to do great things in the hands of the right people.  I can’t over stress the word right in that last sentence.  So many of us say, “If I were rich I’d do so many good things”, but in reality more of us have the potential to end up like Bud than Warren Buffett.

This is true because most of us lack the wisdom to handle a small amount of money let alone a lot of money.  Our motto is “It’s my money I’ll do with it what I want!” and so we do exactly that.  Then when that runs out we want more and more and more and more.  As the richest modern day business man, John D. Rockefeller, said when asked “How much more money would people need to be happy?” he replied “Just a little bit more.”

The only way we can find balance to the grip money has on us in our life is through Godly wisdom and instruction.

In Proverbs 13:13, Solomon says, “He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.”  

If you break your foot you don’t try to fix it on your own you go to the doctor.  If your car breaks down you don’t tinker around and hope you can figure it out you go to the mechanic.  So why when you are financially handicapped do you not go to a financial professional for help?

If you don’t handle money well don’t be a fool and try to do it on your own.  Get some help, take a class, get a money manager, give your spouse control of the finances, or just reach out for wisdom from someone who can help any way you can.

The most foolish thing you can do is think it will get better or plan to win the lottery to make it better.  Either one of those options could leave you back at the 7Eleven buying a Slushy with the change from your car seats in no time.

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