Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spending Wisely

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Job 7:6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope."


When I was a junior camper, my mother gave me-as best as I can recall-one dollar per day. She didn't trust me with all six dollars at one time! I know the value of the American dollar is different today than it was in 1979, but still! It is amazing what junior campers bring to camp these days. I think every junior camper should have a mother like mine just to make things fair!


The truth is, the less you have, the more wisely you should be spending. That goes for junior boys and girls and parents! While it is true that a wasteful person with lots of money can be dangerous, a person with less money should be even more careful how he spends his money. Certainly we should be wise with our money, but Job reminds us that we should be wise with how we are spending our lives. Job 7:6 says, "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope." You can understand from this verse that life moves quickly, and you cannot afford to spend a day or a dime without hope.


Life is swift and uncertain (read verses 7-9). Life on this earth is also "once." The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" In the first place, consider the fact that you don't own what you have. Job said, "The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away. . . ." You don't really own what you have! The Lord gave you everything you possess.


In the second place, consider that you don't know what you have! You don't know how long you have or how much life you have left to spend. If it's true that the less you have, the more wisely you should spend, how much more wisely should you spend when you don't know how much you have! No one is guaranteed riches or a hundred years. What will you invest your life in for God?


The less you have, the more wisely you should spend what you have. That is good advice for money, and it is wise advice for life. Take a look at how you are spending the life you have been given by God. Don't spend your life on things that are temporary and "without hope"; instead, invest your life in the eternal and spend what you have wisely, no matter how much that is!




Prayer Requests: 

1. Service tonight in Sheridan, MI

2. BRR Ladies Retreat this weekend (10.13-15)



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