Make Great Financial Decisions By Doing This One Thing
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler. — Proverbs 6:1-5
So Solomon's wisdom now makes this leap into financial dealings. But his wisdom is not just about money. It's about how we make decisions regarding things like money. He is teaching his son that an opportunity might come his way one day. And at this moment, he might be persuaded to make a decision rather quickly and opportunistically. A decision that is based on instant gratification and emotional rationale. But this decision could result in an entanglement that could be harmful to him. Now Solomon is not saying we shouldn't pursue financial opportunities. Just that we need to consider the long-term effects of these opportunities, especially when there is immediate pressure to do so.
Gentlemen, and son, I learned a long time ago that there are certain decisions that I don't have to make immediately. I can wait to make these decisions. In fact, if I am being asked to make a decision immediately, like right now, then most likely, this is a signal that I should wait. I should give it more time. Even a day or maybe two before making that decision. I have found most of the time, once I start to think through the long-term effects and entanglements, that most of the time, I would never make it. And thus, as Solomon says, you have "saved yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler."
ASK THIS: What decision are you being pressured to make right now?
DO THIS: Don't make it right now. Use some long-term discretion.
PRAY THIS: God, watch over me. Protect me from destructive decisions. Give me long-term discretion.
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