Discipleship | Lesson 11 | Devotion 3
Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
People’s minds are inundated with many different paths of faith. Some faiths are become more and more relevant as culture opens its mind to the acceptance of all faiths. It seems as though we are discovering more faiths the longer the earth exists. As a Christian and a believer of the faith of the Gospel, we preach and teach that our faith is different and unique. While our faith is made different through the power of the Gospel, it is much deeper than even that! The God whom we serve and can develop a relationship with desires what’s best for us. Because of this, the Bible doesn’t just speak about religion; it is actually applicable to real life.
The passage above is an example from creation that God uses to teach us about how to save. Have you ever stepped back and thought about the fact that the God of the universe cares about your savings account? As we look at stewardship, it is easy to believe that the Bible only speaks of giving in regards to our finances. Savings is just as much a Biblical principle as giving. Let’s look at several of those Biblical principles straight from the passage you just read:
Savings is a personal decision.
According to verse seven of Provers 6, the ant saves without the encouragement of any outside source. What if an ant colony decided to take some time off one summer? Chances are, they would cease to exist because they failed to save. No one requires you to save. God is not going to strike you dead if your savings account does not reach a certain number. While the Bible teaches us to save, it must become a choice that we make.
Savings is only for a season.
The ant also teaches us that saving is only for a season. It may be that you have a vehicle need or a home project. The Biblical principle of savings teaches us that we can save for a season to be able to do what we need to in the next season. What would God have for your future that you could start saving for now? What could you do for God with some of what you have saved?
Savings is acquired by work.
In verses nine through eleven, the Bible teaches the means by which we gather our savings – work. Savings is hard work, but to have something to save requires work as well. God teaches principles for work ethic and the purpose of our work throughout the Bible as well. For the Christian, the work you do is testament to the work being done inside you!
So why would God teach us to save? Why would God concern Himself with something so trivial? If the goal of the life of the Christian is to glorify God, what we do with our money can either glorify God or bring reproach to His name. What we do with our money can either allow us to do more for the work of God or less. What we do with our money can either bless our children or hurt our children. Someone once said, “Many Christians cannot do what God calls them to do because they have not done what God has told them to do with their finances.” Take the time to think about what God could do through you because you chose to follow His financial principles?