Today I'm posting Proverbs 17:16, a verse that talks about money in the hands of someone who doesn't know how to handle it. From the NIV:
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
Unfortunately, this verses seems to describe many Americans these days. They earn (and thus have) a good amount of money, but they don't take the time to learn how to manage it. Worse than that, most don't seem to want to learn how to make the most of their money. I don't know why -- perhaps they think it's something that's "obvious" so there's no need for educating themselves. So they go through life spending more than they earn, not saving enough, and making many other poor money moves. Ultimately they get to retirement to find that "work longer" is their only viable retirement choice. Ugh!
But those who do get wisdom and learn how to manage their money end up in a far better place. They become financially free! And if they do very well, they end their working careers with a very safe (and fulfilling) retirement.