Proverbs 31:16, 18, & 24//
“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”
“She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.”
“She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.”
Contrary to popular belief, God never intended for us to be poor. He understands the value in building wealth and He has given us all the tools and basic know-how to do so, but it is up to us to employ that knowledge and further cultivate it. When it comes to being financially savvy, the Proverbs 31 woman was a powerhouse. Her family was pretty well off and although they may not have needed any extra money, she took it upon herself to bring in a few coins of her own. Take a look at verse 24, “She makes linen garments and supplies the merchants with sashes.” This woman was an entrepreneur at heart. She took her talents and turned them into something profitable. She knew that her gifts had value and she did not waste them. Furthermore, she knew how to conduct major business transactions. Verse 16 says, “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” Back then, women didn’t typically own land, let alone, purchase it without the help of a man. Notice the word ‘considers’. She didn’t make a brash or uneducated decision; she was mindful of how she spent her money. The Proverbs 31 woman made sound financial decisions on her own and instead of using the money that she earned for consumption, she used it to fund another potential business venture. The Proverbs 31 woman was incredibly financially smart. She understood that in order to maintain wealth, you need to continually create it and you need to have multiple streams of income. She took the time to learn how to be successful and she had foresight in making sure that she would get a return on all of her investments (verse 18). Ladies, any of us can be #girlbosses. The Proverbs 31 woman sets the perfect example. Take the time to further your financial literacy by reading books from proven financial advisors (I recommend The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey), get out of debt, and build wealth for yourself and for the generations to come. Being financially responsible is a virtue that provides blessings well beyond our lifetime. It’s completely worth it to follow the example of the Proverbs 31 woman and become financially savvy—if not for you, for your children and your children’s children.
Prayer For Today//
Lord, empower me to make sound financial decisions and to become financially free. Show me ways that I can use the gifts and talents that you have given me to build wealth and invest into your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question to Ponder//
What is one area that I need improvement in my finances?