TUESDAY, JULY 30
“Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever…”
Proverbs 27:23-24 (NLT2)
OPTIMIZE MY MONEY: CATALOGUE YOUR FINANCES
An accountant answered an advertisement for a job with a large firm. At the end of the interview, the interviewer had one last question: “What is three times seven?” The accountant replied, “Twenty-two.” Outside he realized he had given the wrong answer and concluded he had lost the job. But two weeks later he was offered the position. He asked the interviewer why he had been given the position when he had given the wrong answer. “You were the closest to the right answer,” she said.
When it comes to hiring someone to watch over our money we prefer to have someone who isn’t just “closest” but who is accurate. In Proverbs 27, Solomon says it’s wise to know “the state of your flocks.” The majority of us don’t have flocks anymore but it’s another way of describing our assets or our valuables. In this passage it’s also a heart issue. Solomon writes, “put your heart into caring for your herds.” Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Jesus always emphasized proportionate giving and spending. Those proportions should reflect our heart and our treasures. The tithe is a proportion not an amount. In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus commends the widow for her giving. It wasn’t about the size of her gift but the proportion of her gift. Take some time today and read Luke 21:1-4.
How is your giving similar or dissimilar to the widows? What do the “proportions” of your finances say about what you value?