Does saving and investing go against religion that says we live by faith because God will provide? Or is there some way we should be preparing for the future?
FIRST TAKE CARE OF WHAT YOU HAVE
God has provided our daily bread; don't abuse, misuse, or squander it. He has provided what we have for today and commands us to know its condition and care. Tomorrow's blessing may rest on how we handle today's blessing.
THE METAPHOR OF FLOCKS
Sheep are demanding and delicate; caring for them required a lot of work. Sick sheep do not bring lambs to birth, do not give good milk- if at all, and die. A sick herd diminishes quickly. The shepherd had to pay close attention to the health of the herd to prosper or even maintain his standard of living.
Few of us have sheep, but we have other possessions, houses, cars, tools; and for growing wealth we have accounts, and funds. We must pay attention to these things. When things are maintained they last longer, a properly maintained car may last ten times longer than one that is neglected. (Our local gas station has five vehicles with over a million miles on each, they maintain everything on schedule).
AUTO PILOT MENTALITY
Today people want to turn something on or start some program and then sit back and watch it run. This is a dangerous attitude with possessions and wealth. We need to schedule regular time to service things and keep things running. We have to work.
RICHES DO NOT ENDURE
The shepherd's future was bound in today's flock. Taking care of today's sheep protected his future legacy, retirement, and security against famine or disaster. Take care of what you have now so it will hold its value and in some cases become more valuable or at least not cost more.
(c) Adron 2013