Proverbs 21:20

Our devotions this Easter season come from members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Sara Karow.

Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise, but the fool devours it.” Proverbs 21:20

Proverbs 21 describes the attributes and behaviors of a wise king.  While we are not rulers of kingdoms ourselves, this set of proverbs applies likewise to us as well, as we oversee our own individual households according to God’s will.

Verse 20 particularly addresses the management of “precious treasure” – our earnings, our homes, and our material possessions. And like a king of old, most of us are considered rich by global standards, regardless of our current tax bracket.

With all of the temptations in front of us, we could easily devour our treasure, becoming like the foolish prodigal son, squandering our riches on all the world has to offer until our pockets are empty and we are left with nothing after the fleeting moments of pleasure have passed.  But we are called upon to allocate our resources wisely and live modestly. Not saving every penny in a miserly fashion, but by being good stewards of all that we have, avoiding extravagant spending of our wealth and taking proper care of our homes and belongings so they can be used as God intends.

Think about the ways in which you could become a better steward of your riches.  What kind of lifestyle changes might that mean for you and your family – a smaller home, a cheaper cell phone plan, fewer nights out or expensive vacations? What would the saving you gain enable you to do to the glory of God?

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, you are the true owner of all that we have.  We ask that you help us keep this in our hearts in this Easter season and teach us to use our riches wisely, not for our own pleasure, but for your will.  Amen.

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One Response to “Proverbs 21:20”

  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    This devotion makes us think about the ways we can personally become better stewards of all God has given us.

    1 Peter 4: 10 “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”

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