January 26, 2020 Rick Warren Devotional :- What the Dishonest Manager Did Right
“The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 TLB).
First, the manager looked ahead. He considered the future. Every advertisement in our culture teaches us to make it now, spend it now, have it now, and forget about the future. That’s why very few people have savings.
Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (TLB). There are some things you need to face up to in your finances, and the longer you wait to do that, the harder they will be to fix.
The second thing God wants you to do, like the manager did, is make a plan. How do you know if you’ve got a financial plan? It’s really simple: Do you have a budget? A budget tells your money where to go. If you don’t have a budget, you don’t have a plan. “We should make plans—counting on God to direct us” (Proverbs 16:9 TLB).
The third thing the manager did that we should also do is act quickly. He didn’t procrastinate. He didn’t delay. He set his plan in motion. He didn’t say, “Someday I’m going to get my finances in order. Someday I’m going to start saving for retirement.” Remember this: “One of these days” is none of these days.
The manager says in Luke 16:4, “Now I know what I will do! Then when my job is gone, I shall have friends who will welcome me in their homes” (GNT). That is what Jesus is commending—not the manager’s dishonesty but his ability to make a plan and act on it. If you’re just drifting through life, you’re not acting wisely. You need to take the long view.
When Jesus talks about the long view, he’s not talking about retirement. He’s talking about the long view to the other side of death. When you look ahead, make a plan that pleases God, and then act on it, you are making an investment for the future that will reap eternal rewards.