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Know the condition of your herds…

Posted: Friday, November 17

 Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Ezekiel 35:1-36:38
James 1:1-18
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 27:23-27

Verse of the day:

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. (Proverbs 27:23-24)


I always enjoy the times when we get to visit my wife’s family in Nebraska. Her late grandpa, along with several uncles and cousins have been raising livestock, looking after nearly 1,000 cattle at a time. It’s a daunting task during every season and there’s no such thing as a day off. So this proverb must just apply to ranchers and not to the rest of us, right?

 

You and I may not have cows and sheep in our backyards, but we have been entrusted with resources. Are we keeping up the home God has allowed us to live in? Are we being faithful in the ongoing maintenance of our vehicles? Are we living with margin, choosing to spend below our means so that we are accumulating savings for an emergency, kid’s college and retirement? We rightfully talk about the dangers of greed and pursing money at all cost, but it is also wrong to be lazy and neglectful.

 

If my relatives were to stop working in the flocks for just one day there would be consequences. The barn would overflow with waste, animals wouldn’t get fed, grass would get worn out and disease could spread undetected. Solomon encourages you and I to be diligent and faithful with what has been entrusted to us. What area of your life needs your attention today?