FINANCIAL LESSONS FROM SOMEONE WISE
The Bible says that King Solomon was the richest man who ever lived and also the wisest ever to live (1 Kings 4:31). I think that makes him qualified to give some financial advice. Here are some Financial Lessons from Someone Wise.
"Money Does Not Satisfy"
He who loves money with not be satisfied with money...( Ecclesiastes 5:10). Loving money is a dangerous thing. Some people spend their entire lives chasing more and more money thinking that it will bring them satisfaction, only to never actually attain the satisfaction they were searching for. True satisfaction only comes from God. It doesn't come from getting married, a bigger house, a million bucks in the bank, or being retired. What is interesting is that when we take our focus off of getting more money and more things, then they seem to start appearing. I guess this is what was meant by the verse in Matthew, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
"There is Never a Perfect Time"
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4). I think the reason that some of us wait for the perfect time to do something is because we are trying to wait UNTIL THERE ARE NO RISK. It is human nature. We want to eliminate any and all risk of bad things happening. No matter how much we try, we can never eliminate all risk. Any time we step out into anything there will be some level of risk, but that is not an excuse not to take action. If it is stepping out into a new job, taking the first step to get out of debt, quit a bad habit, or anything else, there will always be an excuse not to take action. Step out and be one of those people who realizes that the perfect time is now.
"Work Smarter, Not Harder"
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength...(Ecclesiastes 10:10). Steven Covey calls this his 7th Habit of Highly Effective People. He calls it “Sharpening the Saw.” Sometimes the most effective thing we can do is to rest. Though it seems counter-intuitive, it really isn't. Resting, allows for more production on your productive hours. Always ask yourself are you working hard or working smart. If you are only focusing on working hard, without actually thinking about if it is the smartest method, then you could be wasting your time with a dull axe.