I often hear people say, “I don’t know where my money goes”, as if their money leaves the house at night while they sleep. While that may sound comical, we must acknowledge that spending is a serious problem. We live paycheck to paycheck because we spend everything we earn. We spend money on our needs, and we waste a great deal of money on our wants.
We’re like the Prodigal Son. He was impatient. He could not wait to get his inheritance and when he got it, he spent it all on extravagant living. After he hit rock bottom and returned home, his father, who welcomed him with open arms, said his son, "….was dead, and is alive again". Wasteful extravagance and the inability to defer the gratification of unnecessary spending is a form of death. Like the Prodigal Son, we need to be resurrected, and only God has the power to do it.
This weekend, read Luke 15: 11-32 and ask God to help you remember the difference between what you want and what you need, and the patience to wait for both.