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Being purposeful with finances 2

'Gather...in the good years...Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.' Genesis 41:35-36 NLT

Joseph gave Pharaoh some great advice when Egypt was facing a famine: 'Gather all the food produced in the good years...That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come...Otherwise this famine will destroy the land' (Genesis 41:35-36 NLT). The value of this advice was recognised: 'Joseph's suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials' (Genesis 41:37 NLT).

This idea of preparing for the bad times during the good times is something to apply to our own lives, especially when it comes to managing our money. It can be tempting to spend any money we have straight away. But we won't always have a warning, like Pharaoh did, that difficult times are coming. So it's wise to prepare for whatever may lie ahead.

Here are a couple of ways to be prepared: (1) Start saving. Discipline yourself to save regularly. It doesn't matter if it's only a small amount at first, just get into the habit of putting something away regularly. (2) Pay off any debt, as soon as you can. Have you borrowed money, or is your credit card bill growing bigger? Debt is like a huge weight on your back that stops you moving forward freely; regularly putting money aside to pay it off will help to lessen the load.

So what now? Ask God to guide you in deciding on a regular amount to set aside as savings. And ask him to give you wisdom to clear any debt as soon as you can.

Soulfood: Gen 30:25-43 Gen 31:1-55 Luke 9:37-45 Ps 145:1-13 Pro 4:20-22,

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