Thursday, January 28th

Thursday, January 28th

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. Forwealthcertainly makes itself wings like an eagle that fliestowardthe heavens. Proverbs 23:4-5

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

“Money” certainly is a pressure point of life that can generate a lot of tension. Providing help to tackle and manage this ongoing, constant area of life is the goal of our considerations in this fourth week of our series. So far this week we have focused more on managing our “hearts” than on managing our “money.” Money management is a very practical thing to do, but setting out to succeed at managing one’s money becomes impractical in the long if we haven’t come to terms with managing our hearts.

Managing one’s heart begins with turning to our Heavenly Father and entrusting to him all our concerns about money. Managing one’s heart is about devoting one’s life to being rich toward God. Managing one’s heart is about embracing the understanding that “money” is just a tool for having a life situation from which to live fully for God and the advancement of his kingdom here on earth. When we have truly addressed “the management of the heart,” we are in the right position to address “the management of money.”

If you missed Pastor Ben’s message this week (snow storm), you can watch it online here: While his message deals with managing the heart, it includes some great insight for managing money. The whole message is about 38 minutes long and at about 17:50 point, Pastor Ben shares an illustration that helps with understanding the economics of money and happiness.

Today’s Scripture actually blends the management of money and the management of the heart together. We all know how weary we can become in our involvements with money (wealth). Our passage admonishes us against the kind of weariness that comes from undo consideration of money (wealth). In other words we can wear ourselves out with the all the considerations that pressure us regarding money management. We must remember that money management is not an absolute thing that you can absolutely accomplish.

From the proper management of the heart comes the proper degree of money management. When our sights are set too high in regard to money management, we will either become guilt-ridden or obsessed. Yes, money management requires some of our consideration and can be accomplished to some degree. However, the well managed heart knows that wealth is a moving target. Our passage says it wonderfully, “For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, thank you so much for all you are teaching about putting the management of my life under your control. I am committed to the ongoing management of my heart and what that means for the management of money in my life. I choose to seek you fully for what you have in mind for my life in regard to this nagging, won’t go away thing called money. I love you, yield to you, and rest in you, Lord. Amen!

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