Necessaries Before Conveniences

3 Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:3-4

The world tells us that we can get what we desire and whenever we long for it. If we don’t have the cash, so they suggest, we should buy it on credit. So often we buy things we want and do not really need. If our bank accounts are empty we will borrow the money and are getting deeper and deeper into debt. We need to keep in mind that:

The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7

Over the past two months or so things changed: many people have lost their job. All of the sudden their budget has dropped dramatically. They are now living on less income than before. In many of these cases it is not a question of giving up one’s comfort, but it has changed into the challenge of meeting daily needs.

Some of the question we should ask ourselves while we are in the supermarkets shopping for food (essentials) are:

  • Do we have the money available for this and that?
  • How long will these items last?
  • Which ones are worth to buy?
  • Should we switch to a different and cheaper brand right now?
  • Could we live without any of the products?

At the moment these questions might not save us from starving, but they might come in handy in future times. What’s here today may no longer exist tomorrow: support payments, several food supplies, and the opportunity to buy from a variety of shops. Then what?

Hear me, please: I’m not suggesting that we will focus on self-sufficiency — even though now is a good time to plant a few fruit and vegetable seeds. What I’m saying, however, is that we must be(come) good stewards of that which God has given to us.

Refocus and prepare to put things in order. Check your heart, soul, and strength. Prioritize: necessities come first and then the conveniences. It is necessary to read the Bible. God’s Word is vital — especially during uncertain times like these. His Word is from everlasting to everlasting!

Trust in the LORD and your house (life) is established. Storms will not be able to throw you overboard. The One who can rebuke the wind and command the sea to be still is the One who will carry you through.

Seek God first. Build on the Rock.

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