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“There is desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish person squanders it.” Proverbs 21:20
Today’s scripture fully gives us a hint of how important it is to prepare for our future. I think we can all agree that preparation is key to opportunity and success in life. Because many people love to live life as they see it now, they are often tempted to take things for granted and waste resources on things they don’t need. However, they forget that this is not healthy living or productive thinking, especially when you have a future ahead of you.
As amplified bible expatiated today’s bible verse saying, “There is precious treasure and oil in the house of the wise [who prepare for the future], But a short-sighted and foolish person swallows it up and wastes it.” If we want to be successful in life, we must first learn how to use our time and resources wisely to make sure we have enough to meet the demand of life’s needs.
Luke 14:28 says, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”
As Jesus explained in Matthew 25:1-46, we cannot continue to live without preparation for the future because we will never know what tomorrow brings. He explained that “when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them.” Matthew 25:3. In other words, they lack insight into the future. They don’t see the future ahead of them. They are so focused on what is now that they don’t see how much more of it there is to come.
Brethren, are you living a life without preparation, or I don’t care? Of course, no one knows about tomorrow; therefore, we should not be anxious or boast about it. However, James still went ahead and said, “whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him or her it is a sin.” (James 4:13-17). Therefore, if you want to live a life with purpose, then prepare yourself for the day when God will show up in your life. Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
1. Thank you, Lord, for all that you have done for me because “God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).
2. Oh Lord, help to be ready and keep me prepared for the day of your visitation in Jesus’ name. Amen.