Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 16, 2011
“Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?” Proverbs 17:16
Money is useless in the hands of a fool. Unfortunately, one who is a fool probably does not buy into this line of thinking. The fool sees money as a panacea. The fool wants the authority of managing money without the responsibility of its wise use. His solution is to throw more money toward a problem or a person in need when, in reality, the investment of more money in a bad situation prolongs the poor results.
Entrusting money to a fool is like giving the keys of your new car to a small child. There is initial excitement and enthusiasm, but after just a few driving episodes there is loss. There is the loss of value to the automobile because of the damage inflicted to its body. There is the loss of time needed to repair the car and the property of others that may be involved in the mayhem. This is just the beginning. If unchecked, the losses continue to mount up.
Money in the hands of a fool is a disaster waiting to happen. Its irresponsible use is like leaving a larger-than-life, handcrafted ice sculpture on the beach. In the beginning it is beautiful for all to admire but, as the sun beats down, it melts away into the hot and dry sand never to be seen again.
Money in the hands of a fool evaporates. It is dangerous for him and for those around him. The character flaws that were dormant or harmless pre-wealth become exacerbated post-wealth. Anger and pride rise up to dominate and control others with their newfound power through money. However false and fleeting the power may be, fools bask in admiration gained from other fools. Yes, fools with money attract other fools.
It is a love feast of sorts, destined for waste in worldly activities. Money for the fool is all about today. It is all about squandering it on oneself and their useless forays. Fools cannot handle money. Money ensnares a fool into bondage. Indeed, the wise are careful not to feed a foolish, irresponsible appetite.
The wise steward of money looks for other wise individuals, organizations and environments in which to invest God’s resources. There is no real consideration to squander God’s blessings on those who do not understand or appreciate God’s game plan. So, as you consider investing, invest with those very skilled in money’s growth and in preservation of capital. Invest with those wise in the ways of God, who value what you value.
With regards to giving, look for wise ministry leaders and boards who request accountability and are committed to financial integrity. We all do better when others are looking. Give to Kingdom-minded ministry organizations that submit and listen to godly counsel. Structure your gift so that it keeps on giving after you go to heaven.
Lastly, as it relates to inheritance, let all involved know that your motivation is for the Kingdom of God, not for the prince of this world. Structure your inheritance for others in a way that facilitates wisdom and responsibility. Obviously, it comes down to the choice of the inheritor to accept or reject this catalyst toward Christ-centered living.
Prayerfully attempt to influence as many wise people as you can and avoid the foolish. Fools do not desire wisdom. Pray for an epidemic of desire toward the wise use of money. God will smile, others will be blessed and the Kingdom of God will be advanced. Be wise!
Taken from Dose 36 in the 90-day devotional book Infusion.
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