We humans seem pre-disposed to wanting quick fixes.
Many want to pop a pill in order to get past a depressing moment.
Many want to dive right into a rebound relationship after a heart is broken.
Many want to buy lottery tickets rather than give more offerings to the Lord.
Many want to yell at or belittle their kids or spouses — or both — rather than calmly listen and understand how to help loved ones avoid making poor choices.
Many want to go to church a few times and say a few prayers and think that will transform the spiritually confused, compromised heart.
The only quick fix that really counts is the instantaneous justification that becomes ours when we fix our hearts/hopes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Other than that, life is a sometimes slow-moving journey.
Particularly with respect to our financial status.
Patience is mandatory when it comes to financial health and God’s will.
Here is what King Solomon had to say about the matter:
“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.”
No financial advisor in his or her right mind would advocate gambling as a sound financial strategy. Yet, millions of people think that buying lottery tickets or heading to the casino or bookie joint will improve their financial health.
It’s so foolish and contrary to fact.
But Satan’s lies are tasty and always have been, particularly to those not conditioned to hunger only for truth taught by the Lord.
Millions of others buy into the claim that multi-level marketing schemes are the path to affluence. For a small percentage of recruits, that turns out to be true but the reality is that most people lose money after signing up with network marketing honchos who know that most spend more than they earn with the schemes.
Here’s the reality. A stronger financial position for most people depends more on what is NOT spent rather than what is earned.
Yes, getting a better-paying job is a great idea and should always be welcomed. But many of us don’t have that option if we believe that God has us in the job where He wants us.
We can work hard to cut our expenses, though, and to pick up supplemental income here and there and to strive for saving money, both with deposits in savings accounts and by fixing or making things ourselves.
It takes time to build wealth this way, but it is a far move viable strategy than is trying to invest in just the right cheap stock that might soar in value or to invest in some alleged “can’t miss” invention that goes nowhere or to pour money into some other get-rich-quick strategy that actually turns out to be a get-poorer-quick calamity.
Let’s follow Solomon’s advice.
Let’s get financially richer slowly, recognizing that we’re already been made gazillionaires spiritually.
As always, I love you