Manage Your Resources Prudently
A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.
This proverb brings to mind the collective farm system of the old Soviet Union that failed to feed their nation. Meanwhile, those who were allowed to plant a small, personal garden had great success. Because of personal incentive and personal responsibility, the individual farmers were able to out-produce the large state farms. In some cases, “injustice” in the last phrase of this proverb is translated, “want of judgment.” In the Soviet Union, we saw both lack of judgment and injustice, and, of course, they are related.
All of us, farmers or not, have resources we need to manage. Some of us have jobs that require good administrative and supervisory skills. Others work in positions that require great manual skill in the assembly of a product. Whatever our occupation, we are given talents that need to be applied and managed if we are to be successful. We are also called to be good stewards of our material possessions, time, and our study of the Word. In all these things, God calls us to be wise, just, and faithful. All the resources and justice we need are in Him.
Joseph. Joseph’s prudent administration of Egypt’s resources ensured that there would be much food in the time of famine in the land (Genesis 41:33-39).
Boaz. He is a fine example of a farmer who managed his people and his harvest with wisdom and prudence. He was well-respected by his employees and took an active role in the farm’s administration (Ruth 2:4; 3:2).
Solomon. His wise management of Israel saw to it that there was peace and plenty during his reign (1 Kings 4:27-28).
Jesus. After feeding the 5,000, Jesus told the disciples to gather up pieces so that nothing would be wasted (John 6:12).
Prayer of Application
Father, thank you that I am free to grow my own farm, business, or career. Give me diligence in management, Lord, and protection from those who would sweep it away unjustly.
Copyright 2015 – Robert C. Beasley