“Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight, for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2.
People often say it is not the amount that you work but it is what you were able to save. My opening scripture talks about casting your bread upon the waters and proportioning a little of what you have. The book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived (1 King 3:12) and he was basically teaching us how to manage. Solomon’s instructions to us is in line with what God told Adam in the garden of Eden (See Genesis 2:15).
From that time until now God’s expectation of us is to manage what he has given us, and that includes our bodies, material blessings, our time, and our finances. As discussed before, we must never worship material things, but we should strive to be good managers of God’s blessings. If you abuse your body by overeating or by starving yourself, that is not good management of your temple. If you spend all your money on shopping and not saving for a rainy day, you are not managing well at all. Everything we do should be balanced so that we can get the best results.
Many people do not know how to make a budget, so they lost track of their spending quite easily. There is only one way to manage your finances and that is by budgeting. You must make a budget and follow through with it, because a great budget is only effective when it is practiced. I know sometimes your income might be less than your expenditure but that is why you have a budget. Your budget will show you where you can cut back in order to keep yourself and your family from sinking into a financial crisis. God does not care only about our spiritual affairs, but he cares about our physical state of affairs too. He wants us to be whole in every area.
Today I encourage you to make a budget, write a schedule and starting managing. If you need help call someone who you can trust to assist you. You will be amazed what a simple budget can do. Also, remember to manage your time well. Do not overbook yourself where there is no time for you to rest or rejuvenate. Practice proper time management and take care of self. If you are too exhausted, you will not be effective to anyone and you certainly will not be effective with the affairs of the kingdom of God. if you have an early morning appointment please retire to bed earlier than usual, that way you will get enough rest and wake up refreshed. Practice to be good stewards and God will continue to trust you more responsibilities.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord please help me to manage what you have blessed me with. Help me to be a good steward and guide me as teach others to do the same in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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