Walking In God’s Favor: Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night. Psalms 1:1-2 GNT
Knowledge & Wisdom is of no value, unless you put it into practice.
As Christians you get your instructions and directions in life from the BIBLE. (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth). Biblical principles can teach you the following: How to communicate with God; How to love and forgive yourself as well as others; How to overcome your private struggles; How to have a healthy marriage; and How to relate to wealth.
Its unfortunate that when it comes to making financial decisions, you often seek solutions to your financial struggles from a secular worldview. Regardless of your skin color, the level of your education, or the amount of income you earn, following the popular advice of American Greed or other secular worldviews, can often lead you away from God’s best version of your life. Think about it; How much faith does it really take to get into debt?
Wisdom is the new wealth. Surround yourself with it.
You don’t sit down and consciously decide to borrow yourselves into financial bondage. Usually you are influenced by listening to others who are in financial bondage themselves and appear to be enjoying it. You know what I mean?
Your friend or family member buys a new car with the leather package, GPS , satellite radio, heated seats and sun roof. They give you a ride…and of course you ask how much they paid for it. They explain how easily the dealership leased the vehicle to them so they could afford the payments. You think to yourself, “I can afford that” and you run down to the dealership to join the ranks of our consumer driven society that is fueled by consumer debt.
An investment in knowledge, is always profitable.
Bottom line is, you are a generation that has forgotten or never learned how to financially discipline yourselves to save for purchases and avoid debt. I challenge you to raise your financial IQ. Read the word of God and Christian authors who share God’s plan for relating to money. One of my favorite books that I recommend on finances, is by Lee Jenkins entitled, “Taking Care of Business”.Surround yourself with faithful stewards who are givers and savers. As you learn how to become more fiscally wise, share what you learn with family members and others in your sphere of influence. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Remember, keep praying, keep believing, with God all things are possible.
Prayer of Blessing: Lord, teach us to live with wisdom.
Michael J. Vance is the co-host of the Better Husband Father Man Podcast a hub for all things; parenting, marriage, and self-improvement. He is president of the AIIA 2020 Convention & Trade Show and he is the financial & benefit risk manager with Hundley Batts & Associates Insurance Agency . Ardella Vance volunteers her time, talents, and financial resources to causes she is passionate about. She is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vances have been married well over 30 years and share their lives with four adult children and ten exceptional grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog from their workbook “Stewardship of Wealth”.