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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

In early cultures (and some modern), sheep were a person’s measure of wealth. A large, growing flock of sheep would be equal to having a rapidly multiplying chain of successful businesses today. Daily counting and caring for the sheep helped to protect a person’s wealth.

“Know the condition of your flocks,” Proverbs 27:23 advises. In today’s terms, this could be translated to mean “manage your money and valuables well.” Verse 24 adds that people should not assume today’s riches are guaranteed forever, and we should not count on an inheritance as a secure resource. This advice emphasizes that nothing material is ever a sure thing. Stock markets crash, jobs are lost and so on. We should know the condition of our flocks each day and manage them well.  

God’s Word gives financial advice. God gives us blessings and wants them managed well. As we manage our personal blessings well, God gives us greater blessings and responsibilities to manage. Because of His great love, God provides the Bible, as well as people gifted to teach budgeting and financial planning, to help His children manage their blessings. He demonstrates careful management of “flocks” by constantly watching over his own flock, those who are following Him through Jesus Christ.


  • What valuables has God given you to manage? What is one thing you are doing to make sure these valuables are managed well? Attending a budget class can help you make smart decisions about managing your finances.
  • What tools has God provided to help you in managing your blessings? If you are unsure about this, maybe your next step is scheduling an appointment with a financial coach!


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