Trusting God’s Wisdom on Finances

We’re in the middle of our series, “More than Just a Fortune Cookie,” from the book of Proverbs. Sunday we talked about Trusting God’s Wisdom on Finances. Proverbs is full of wisdom on how to deal with money. And the key principle that Solomon passes on is don’t put your hope in money because, “In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle” (Proverbs 23:5 NLT).

Proverbs teaching on finances goes against conventional wisdom. We’re told to choose generosity over greed, to show restraint instead of self-indulgence, to work hard instead of expecting something for nothing, and to plan ahead instead of acting impulsively. Maybe Solomon’s greatest advice on the subject has to do with our level of contentment, “give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs” (Proverbs 30:8 NLT).

The verse that keeps haunting me this week is from Proverbs 11:25, “those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” In other words, there is some kind of “boomerang effect” that takes place when we’re generous. God mysteriously resupplies those who give away to others. Not sure you buy it? Don’t take my word for it. Put God to the test. Do your own investigation to see if this general truth plays out. I think you’ll find the same thing that many of us have found, “those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Don’t forget to read through the book of Proverbs at least once during this series – just a chapter a day! If you missed Sunday’s sermon, you can hear it at cedarridgecc.com. You can also access accompanying resources like our Journey Group Lessons and our Digging Deeper resources for personal study.

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