The Bible says that Solomon was the richest man who ever lived and also the wisest ever to live (1 Kings 4:31).
According to Constative, his Net Worth was over $2 TRILLION. I think that makes him qualified to give some financial advice.
I know there is some debate over whether or not Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, so just in case he didn’t we can use the alternate title of: ‘Financial Lessons from someone wise.‘
1. Money Does Not Satisfy
He who loves money with not be satisfied with money… –Ecclesiastes 5:10
Loving money is a dangerous thing. Some people spend their entire life chasing more and more money thinking that it will bring them satisfaction, only to never actually attain the satisfaction they were searching for.
True satisfaction only comes from God. It doesn’t come from getting married, a bigger house, a Mil in the bank, or being retired. What is interesting is that when we take our focus off of getting more money and more things, then they seem to start appearing. I guess this is what was meant by the verse in Matthew:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
2. Diversify Your Investments
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. –Ecclesiastes 11:2
I get two things out of this verse. First, that Solomon lays out the groundwork for diversification. I like the balance of having 7-8 “eggs in the basket,” rather than just one that would leave us with nothing if it turned out bad. But also, not 200 minuscule eggs that are worth next to nothing individually.
In this case, if any one investment performed very well, it would make very little impact on the portfolio as a whole. On the other hand, if you had seven investments and any one of them performed well, it would have a decent impact on the portfolio as a whole.
3. There Is Never A Perfect Time
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. –Ecclesiastes 11:4
I think the reason that some of us wait for the perfect time to do something is because we are trying to wait until there is no risk. It is human nature – we want to eliminate any and all risk of bad things happening.
No matter how much we try, we can NEVER eliminate all risk. Any time we step out into anything there will be some level of risk, but that is not an excuse not to take action.
If it is stepping out into a new job, taking the first step to get out of debt, quit a bad habit, or anything else – there will always be an excuse not to take action.
Step out and be one of those people who realizes that the perfect time is now.
4. Work Smarter, Not Harder
If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength… –Ecclesiastes 10:10
Steven Covey calls this his 7th Habit of Highly Effective People. He calls it “Sharpening the Saw.” Sometimes the most effective thing we can do is to rest. Though, it seems counter-intuitive, it really isn’t. Resting, allows for more production on your productive hours.
People who live by this principle realize that often 6 hours can be more productive when accompanied with rest than 10 without.
This was another lesson that I learned the hard way while in school. I would frequently spend 4 hours on homework, when I am sure I could have done it easily in 2 hours. I was living in a sleep-deprived zombie-like state because I “had better things to do with my time than sleep.”
Because my brain was functioning well below its capability, it took me a lot longer to finish my assignments.
My best success with this has been by regularly asking myself am I working hard or working smart? They aren’t mutually exclusive, but if you are only focusing on working hard, without actually thinking about if it is the smartest method, then you could be wasting your time with a dull axe.
Any other financial lessons from Solomon that I missed?
I know it is difficult for
us to reconcile ourselves to the fact that one day we shall transit out of this
plane into a higher plane, but it is an incontrovertible fact worthy of
acceptance by all who want to live worthy lives.
The message is simply
simple, we don't have all the time in this world and so we must have to
maximize the time we have because time inappropriately spent can never be
Time is a perishable
And that is why living
"one day at a time" makes lots of sense.
Now this phrase does not
in any way indicate that we cannot plan for the future or take adequate care for
tomorrow, it only means that we should get each day filled with activities that
are paying us better eternal dividends than the mundane.
One day contains 24 hours
and quite a lot can be achieved within it.
I have always subscribed
to the adage that says "live today as if it was your last" and in
practicing this saying, I try to ensure that I do not shift for tomorrow that
which I can conveniently do for today.
And this is because
procrastination is not only a destiny destroyer but it is also a talent eater
When things are going well
with you, when you have all you ever wanted, it is very easy to think that it
was our will and power that got those things for us, but in actual sense, it is
the grace of God that made it possible for us to keep shinning.
Now contrast that with
when we are down but not out, when all things seem herculean, when we think
that there's no hope left, when we think that God has gone on an indefinite
leave concerning us and the numerous problems facing us; when we ask that
eternal question "God, where are You?"
It would become very clear
that even when we think that all hope is lost and that our case is really
hopeless, there is still some hope left because it is at the point when a man's
strength has been well spent that God's strength takes over.
God hears us, and that is
Whether we mouth it or we
groan over it in our hearts, He hears and He answers.
and today I urge you to develop enough courage to live out the remainder of the
week to His Glory and you shall have nothing to worry about.
You know, growing up was
quite fun for us, especially in the Sunday School.
I remember the Sunday
School Teachers telling us that God lives in us and we were like, how could
such a Big God live in us and yet allow us to be us?
It was a question that
some of the Teachers found very uncomfortable to answer but one day, one of the
Older Teachers sat us all down and told us the story of God the Father, God the
Son and God the Holy Ghost.
She said that when the universe
was void and in darkness, the God Head had a Conference where it was decided
that, some meaning has to be made out of the Universe so that it can sustain
life and so they went ahead to create the Earth and the Heavens and all that
there are in them.
And when they were done
with all the creations, they formed man out of the dust of the earth by that
eternal call made by God saying "Come, let US create man in Our Own Image
She made us to understand
that God is not a physical Being that we can see or feel or touch but a Spirit
Whose Essence can be felt when we are in quiet and serene mood.
And that God lives as His
Spirit in us to guide and direct the thoughts of our hearts, the words of our
mouths and the actions of our hands.
Since that time, over 50
years ago, I came to know that God softly and quietly talks to us, and that if
we can block out the noise of the world, we definitely shall walk and work with
Him through our lifetime.
Right now, I can
definitely say that He lives in me
Remember to go for the
anointing to overcome the remaining days of the week
I have always known God
from Childhood, not as the Father Christmas that most persons take Him to be
now, but as the Father of Creation, my very own Creator without Whom I would
never have made it into this world.
I have come a long way
with Him but I have never taken Him for granted.
I have always known Him to
be walking alongside with me, and I have also known that there were times when
I was too weary to walk and yet I walked because His Able Hands lifted me up.
Sometimes I have been down
but not out, and it would only take a nudge from Him to keep me on my feet
I have lost properties
I have lost money
I have been conned
I have been blackmailed
I have been derided
I have been laughed at
I have been insulted
I have been assaulted
I have been embarrassed
The one with whom I ate
out of the same plate had stabbed me at my back
And many others
But this God had been
there for me
He had always given me His
Spirit to calm the troubled waters around me, to give me peace when I am in
turmoil, to land me on safe shores when the ship I was traveling in had wrecked
He is a dependable God
If you do not yet know
Him, today presents another opportunity for you to know Him personally.
It is worth the effort
So people, it is our
Let us all arise to go to the
Lord's House to meet with our Dependable Father
It is really human nature
to complain, to compare, to whine, to grunt and to blame
When we don't get what we
want, even if we have all we need, we complain
We whine when things are
not going our way
We compare ourselves with
those in the same "Social Class" as us, how they are doing far better
We grunt when we are
disappointed by those we love
And we blame everything
else for our misfortunes but ourselves.
If only we can take out
time to check out what God has done for us, then we would know that whenever we
complain or whine or grunt or compare or blame, we actually are acting more
This God gave us the most
important things of life for free - the air that we breathe in, the sun that
shines (both for the wicked and the good), the rain that falls to water the
ground for crops to grow, the green leaves at their season
This God that continually
brings us back to the land of the living no matter where we went to while in
the land of the spirits
This God that has
continually ensured that even if there is famine all around us, we do not die
This God that kept His Own
Side of the Bargain with mankind, by sending and giving His Only Begotten Son
to die on the Cross to save mankind from all his iniquities and to clear him of
This God that has not
allowed us to spend a night in a hospital being fed through tubes and syringes
If we really sit down to
count our blessings, we would see that in the place of complains, we should
actually be praising the Lord
It's our #FantasticFriday
The harbinger of the good
news of the on-coming weekend
Be the best you can be
today, but thank God for His blessings upon your life and be continually grateful
He brought us from the
land of the spirits to this land of the living and into His Banqueting Hall and
all because His Banner over us is Love.
God's love continues to be
manifested in our lives even when we don't deserve it.
How many earthly parents
would forgive their children for going astray several times? but in His
infinite mercies, God allows His love to overflow over us despite the single
fact that we have continually continued to do that which He had asked us to
It surely takes courage to
live the godly way
#CourageousThursday and today we pray that you find the courage you need to
overcome the things of the flesh.
You know the way people go
on to boast of how they made themselves what they are today?
How they were able to
extricate themselves from limiting environments and surroundings to a plain
where they can afford what they want when they want them?
How while others were
sleeping, they were busy ploughing the fields?
I used to think that way
too, and sometimes acted it out but then somewhere along the line, the Spirit
that dwells within opened my eyes to behold that:
"the race is not to
the swift, neither is victory to the strong" but that time and
circumstance happens to us all and that it is the Grace of God that lifts a man
out of the woods when his hands are already in the open space.
And I know that this is
true because lots of people have passed through motions that ought to extricate
them from their lack syndrome but the Grace is yet to shine on their path.
When God's Grace shines on
your path, you just possess the midas touch and all you touch becomes gold
Trust me, I know what I'm
So when next you think
that you are responsible for all that you have achieved, remember, that is only
1/10th of the fact; the remaining 9/10th is just about the Grace of God
#SuperlativeTuesday and we are happy to be in it.
It is recorded in the
Scriptures that when God molded man out of the dust of the earth, man was
lifeless but when the Spirit of God gave the breath of life to man, man became
quickened and received the gift of life and thus became a living being.
Therefore all "life"
belongs to God, Who Alone has the Power to give and to take.
Whenever you go in at
night and wake up again in the morning, you must know that it is the Grace of
God and you just have to keep thanking Him.
Today, we are thanking God
Live out your day today
with courage; remember that nobody or idea can rent a part of your head without
The promises that come in
God’s word are sure to encourage you in your walk with Christ today.
The Promise of Eternal Life
John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has
Deuteronomy 7:9Know therefore that the LORD your God is God,
the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him
and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations
God promises To Guide Us
Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way
you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
All Scripture Is Inspired From God- The Bible Is The
True Word Of God
3:16-17 All Scripture
is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be
competent, equipped for every good work.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.