April 15, 2021

The fool and his money soon parted

Some really timely wisdom in our Ecclesiastes today as we get ready for the next stimulus. Kinda of similar to Joseph reading of  Pharaoh’s dreaming and the 7 years of feasting and then the 7 years of famine, so let’s get into it.  

Ecc 3:6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

There seasons where the harvest is plentiful, like now when it is seemingly raining mana, or in this case money, and conversely there is a time to lose, where we hit hard times, the economic recession of 2008 is an example of this when some folks who were living in mansions a year before, had their houses foreclosed on and ended up sleeping in their cars!  Good times and bad times….

The two passages today seem intertwined as the next half of the verse says: A time to keep and a time to cast away.  There are stages in our lives where we want to horde everything for that rainy day, an on the other hand, there is a time for spring cleaning, where we throw out the junk that we don’t need.  

We end today’s devotional with 2 other Proverbs from Solomon on managing our affairs:

Pro 21:20  The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.  – in other words, don’t be a fool and blow your entire check…and also Pro 23:20  Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons…watch what kind of friends you make when the money hits the bank, everyone wants to know the rich guy, even if it is only while there’s a positive balance.

…and finally, this one, which isn’t found in the Bible, but still relevant:  The fool and his money soon parted ways.  

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