5 Scriptures on Money Financial Need
1. Set Priorities
Proverbs 24:27 – Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
This piece of advice from Proverbs seems a little surprising at first. To a modern reader, it’s not clear why planting the field should be a higher priority than building the house, since both appear to be necessities of life rather than luxurious.
However, if you think about it, the answer to the question becomes obvious: Your “field” isn’t just something you need for survival – it’s actually a means of survival. If you’re a farmer, your crops are your source of livelihood. If your field isn’t properly planted and prepared, you won’t have the money you need to build a house or provide for any of your other needs.
Today, few people rely on actual fields for their income. However, we all have certain basic needs that we have to meet in order to survive. And to meet those needs, most of us need some form of gainful employment. What good is a house if you don’t have the means to put food on the table, or pay the rent or mortgage?
So in modern terms, this proverb means that you need to set priorities with your money. Make sure you save enough to cover the essentials – what you need to keep yourself alive and able to work – before spending money on creature comforts. In other words, set aside money to pay all the bills before you spend any on new clothes.