Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.—Proverbs 27:23–24
During Bible times flocks, herds and crops were a source of money. Today we have bank accounts and investments which store our finances although work is our source of income.
In this passage the writer tells us to know the conditions of our flocks and give careful attention to our herds. It is vital for all of us to know the conditions of our finances both what we have in our storehouse and where we earn our living.
I’ve know people that were making a great living doing one thing and all of a sudden their well of income dries up. Some were prepared for change while others hadn’t prepared and they lost it all.
Knowing our industry or business is vital to staying above water when it comes to change. Change does come and it is wise to be prepared for that change.
Years ago people would start a job out of school and stay there for 25-30 years and retire, not so today. In today’s world businesses close daily. I worked for a company right out of the Army where the average employee was with the company for over 25 years, eventually the company was bought and the work was sent to China. Few were prepared.
With business as usual gone it is vital that one has multiple skills and continues to add to those skills. One author I read talked about having multiple part time jobs to make ends meet.
We all need to be life learners always adding skills to our tool box. The verse continues by saying “riches do not last forever.” Isn’t this so true.
Proverbs 23:5 (NKJV) says, “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.”
The NLT version says, “In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.”
Just as quick as one gains wealth it can fly away. Sometimes the enemy steals it, other times things just come up that requires the use of money but many times we just mishandle it. This is why this passage in Proverbs is so important to take to heart.
Check your flocks (bank accounts, business, jobs etc.) make sure you go with the flow of what God wants you to do. Make sure you learn and grow so when change does come you are ready.