ISSUES OF LIFE: Living Wisely Versus Wasteful Living
Do you love to shop? I do. Do you like new and trendy things? I do. Do you like nice things in your home? I do. Do you want a new car or a new cellphone? I do. Do you want to celebrate birthdays of you, your kids, and your hubby with a great party? I do. Can you afford it? Hmmm....
One primary reason why people are in debt is because they live beyond their means. Yes, our "God is the God of More-than-Enough", which has been the declaration of many Christians, but it doesn't mean that you can spend more than you can afford now. I believe that as you declare this today and believe it in your heart, it will manifest to you in the near future. But as long as you cannot afford it yet, you must walk and live wisely with what He has provided for you in the meantime. You must be a good steward of the things He has entrusted you with. Yes, everything is the Lord's.
Sometimes, our eyes are too wide to see the vast things we are tempted to buy and like a cowgirl, we are too quick to draw out our credit cards without thinking how we are able to pay it later. This is also a form of gambling because you are gambling with your future. Okay, perhaps you have the money to spend today, but what about your future? To many Filipinos, they would say, "Bahala na!" (Come what may!) which was actually derived from the word, "Bathala" (God), meaning "God will provide". Do you think if you splurge your allowance, your Daddy will give you more?
In the Bible, Solomon encourages us to consider the ways of the ant--a tiny insect which does not have any ruler, yet has the initiative to gather food in the summer so that when rain comes, he has enough supply (Proverbs 6:6). Solomon, the son of David, was said to be the pinnacle of Israel's wise men because he asked God for wisdom, instead of wealth, to rule his people and it was given to him, including the wealth that he did not ask for. "Wisdom" is the ability to live life skillfully, to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience. To a Christian, wisdom comes from Above and to be "wise" is to be able to apply God's words into our everyday life, diligently obeying His will and purpose for our life.Prodigal or wasteful living leaves you with nothing. It is not a sin to buy good things and to enjoy the fruits of your labor, however, it is unwise to splurge on something that will only last a while and then thrown away. It is wise to prioritize your spending and save something for the future. The Bible says, "See that you walk carefully, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5: 15-16).