Once God has helped us lay a foundation of trust, wisdom and integrity for our ministry or business, it’s time to take an inventory of what He has provided to carry out the task.
Wisdom continues His speech in Proverbs 8:
“When there were no depths, I was brought forth;
when there were no springs heavy with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth;before He had made the earth and the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the world.”– Proverbs 8:24-26 (LITV)
After the rules of how the universe were established and put into motion, God provided natural resources for those who would live on the earth.
Why are natural resources so important?
The wealth and strength of a nation depends on its natural resources, and how they are used. That is why every nation keeps a careful record of them.
Proverbs 8 provides a list of natural resources available to the nations of the world. I list them below, and then explain why each resource is useful to us.
Resources available to a nation
- Oceans: we can catch fish (v24)
- Springs: we can drink clean water (v24)
- Mountains: we can find ice (v25)
- Hills: we can find wild plants for medicine (v25)
- Earth: we have a stable place to stand, sit, or build a home (v26)
- Fields: we can feed our animals (v26)
- Soil: we can grow crops for food (v27)
Some of them were acquired by study or hard work, while others were given to us when we were born.
None of us have been given the same resources. This causes us to depend on one another.
An accountant goes to the mechanic to get his car fixed. The mechanic goes to the carpenter to build his deck for him. The carpenter goes to the accountant to balance the books for his business.
Each of us has things we enjoy, and things we hate. What a blessing it is when the things you are good at balance out with the things I’m terrible at… and vice versa!
When we recognize that we need each other, we can do more together, as each of us does what we do best.
The members of a church or the employees of a business have all sorts of skills and talents that are useful.
To use our resources wisely, we must take stock of what He has given to each of us. Here is a list of the resources available to each of us, and what each one is useful for.
Resources available to us
- Our time: Every one of us is given 24 hours each day, and seven days each week.
- Our skills (that is, the tasks we can do because we learned how to do them): Perhaps we can speak in public successfully. Maybe we know all about the Bible. Some of us can help someone who is unwell get better. Others can fix a computer.
- Our talents (the abilities God gave us when we were born): Perhaps we can encourage a discouraged person. Some of us are strong. Maybe we have a loud voice.
- Our coworkers or employees (and their skills)
- Our equipment and possessions
- Our property or land
In our next post, we will look at steps we can take to help us use our resources wisely.
What are the resources you recognize in those around you? Leave someone an encouraging note today.