Friday, February 3, 2017

Proverbs 27:23-24 -- On Preparing for the Ups and Downs

"Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?"
Proverbs 27:23-24

This is a good reminder to us that life is variable, and sometimes we are going to be up, and sometimes we are going to be down.  We might have a lot, or be in charge one day, and the next day it is all gone.  It kind of reminds me of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dream about the 7 years of plenty followed by the seven years of severe famine (Genesis 41:28:32).   I think that the lesson here is similar.  We need to be diligent to take care of what we have, and not waste it, or squander our "extra," because we can't count on things always being good.

When things are good, we need to prepare for when it will be bad.  That's one of the reasons that God asks us to have some food storage and other things set aside: so that we are prepared for whatever comes, good or bad.  Now, of course this doesn't mean that we shouldn't be generous and share with others, or that we need to start stockpiling weapons to fight the zombie hordes.  I don't think that it has to be a high drama thing, or that we have to be motivated by fear in any of it.  It is just ups and downs in life... it is to be expected. :)  To do as God asks, we don't have to panic.  We just need to think ahead a little bit.  Save just a little every week that maybe we would have spent on something we didn't need that much.  Buy an extra package of bottled water when we're at the store.  Small things add up, so that when we do get to some of those down times, we have something in place that can help us out.

Today let's make sure we are careful to take care of what we have and do what we can to prepare for the future.  If a down time comes, let's not be scared or panic.  Let's just look to God and work through it.  And when we are in an up time, let's do whatever we can to put a little aside, so that we will be more prepared next time one of the downs comes along. :)

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