Saving for a Rainy Day

January 26, 2020

Sermon Notes

We need not wonder if hard times will come but prepare for when they arrive. God’s Word provides helpful wisdom regarding how to make sacrifices now to experience security later.

  • Our lives will be full of unexpected and unavoidable changes.
  • While we cannot predict our final outcomes, we must prepare for certain possibilities.

What Proverbs Teaches About Savings

  1. Failure to provide financially will wreak havoc in your life.
    1. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin (Prov. 10:15).
  2. It is wise to try to gain financial security, but it is futile to trust in it.
    1. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination (Prov. 18:11).
    2. Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf (Prov. 11:28).
  3. God weighs the value of our work based upon its moral integrity.
    1. The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin (Prov. 10:16).
    2. The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward (Prov. 11:18).
  4. It is a noble thing to bless your family financially after your death.
    1. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous (Prov. 13:22).
  5. Just because you love someone doesn’t mean he or she can be trusted with an inheritance.
    1. An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end (Prov. 20:21).
    2. A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers (Prov. 17:2).
  6. Wise people will be aware of their current finances and their future plans.
    1. Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations (Prov. 27:23-24)?
  7. Your financial security has nothing to do with your eternal standing.
    1. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death (Prov. 11:4).
    2. The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination (Prov. 18:10-11).

How prepared are you for your final day?

  • From a financial perspective, prepare so that you are not a burden but a blessing to others.
  • From a faith perspective, your greatest security must come from the riches of heaven and not the trinkets of earth.