Posted by: Ety W. | September 16, 2008

Prov. 31:18 – Financially Sensible Part 2

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This is part 10 in a series on the Proverbs 31 Woman.
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She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.  Prov. 31:18

In part 1 of Prov. 31: 18 – Financially Sensible (here), we looked at the Excellent Woman’s attitude toward wealth as a possession. In part 2, we’ll look at what she does with her wealth.  We can do that by examining the other verses in chapter 31 and making a list.  We see that:

1.  She invests it.

She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.  Prov. 31:16

The Proverbs 31 Woman is careful and prudent with her money.  Like the good and faithful servants in the parable of the talents (Matt. 15:14-30), she does not hoard it, but she has something to show for her stewardship of it.

2.  She uses it for the ministry of her home and family.

She looks well to the ways of her household
And does not eat the bread of idleness.  Prov. 31:27

She is diligent in both feeding (verse 14 and verse 15), and clothing them (verse 13, which we’ve already looked at, and also verses 19 – 22, which we’ll look at soon.)

3.  She uses it for ministry to the poor.

She extends her hand to the poor;
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.  Prov. 31:20

We see compassion and generosity here.  She uses her hard earned resources to help others.

4.  She uses it to be prepared.

Her lamp does not go out at night.  Prov. 31:18b

Remember the parable of the prudent and foolish virgins (Matt 25:1-13)?  In it, Jesus used a very practical example to illustrate spiritual preparedness. Ten young maidens were waiting for the Bridegroom.  Five brought extra oil for their lamps, five didn’t.  Only the ones with extra oil were prepared to go out and meet the Bridegroom when He arrived at midnight.

We would do well to heed His point.  We live in an age where materialism and affluence (or lack of it) can easily distract us from spiritual readiness for eternity.  The parable works well as such an illustration, because of the common sense of it.  Proverbs 31 praises the Excellent Woman for this same common sense.

Most of us are probably familiar with the saying, “saving for a rainy day,” yet how many of us actually do it?  How many of us are prepared for an emergency or a disaster?  Financial advisors such as Larry Burkett have always counseled believers with a common sense approach to their finances, including budgeting for living expenses, giving, saving, getting out of debt, as well as for emergency preparedness (illness, death, job loss).

The Proverbs 31 Woman knew how to handle her money.  She knew how to make it and how to spend it.  Even so it wasn’t the possession of money that made her truly excellent, it was her attitude toward it.


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