There are many instances in the scripture that teach us how to manage our resources. In God’s dealing with the Israelites in the Old Testament, He provided manna for them on a daily basis with instruction that every household should only gather their needs for the day, and on the sixth day of the week, in preparation for the Sabbath day, the Israelites should gather twice the need of each household. “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” (Exodus 16:4-5 KJV) All the people that violated this commandment of God and gathered more than their daily needs found out that the excess they gathered were infested with maggots on the following day.
When the Israelites, the people of God finally got to the Promised and started eating the produce of the land, manna ceased the following day. “And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” (Joshua 5:12 KJV) Manna, the bread of heaven ceased to fall for the people, not as a punishment upon them but because there was an abundance of food in the land of Canaan.
A widow came to Prophet Elisha to complain about the desperate needs in her household. The man of God who wanted to bless her through the resources in her hands asked her “What do you have in your house?” She said, she had nothing but a little oil in a jar. The Prophet knew that God can bless His children with the little resources they had available. He said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.” (2 Kings 4:3-6 NLT) The moment that the angel that was sent on an assignment to bless the woman heard there were no more empty containers, the oil stopped flowing.
After Jesus Christ had fed the five thousand, He commanded that the fragments be gathered. “When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.” (John 6:12-13 KJV) Jesus Christ our Lord did not want any resources to be wasted, therefore He commanded that the remnants should be gathered.
Salvation is free and available through the blood of Jesus Christ for the souls of those who repent. The divine Presence of God is available to those who desire it. Gifts and anointing of Holy Spirit are available for those who thirst for the glorious experience for the purpose of their ministries. There are an abundance of material resources available unto us through the platform of His grace and mercy. But the common principle that exists in the blessings of God is that they are not meant to be wasted. Moses demanded for the presence of God because he would not move on in his ministry without it. “Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” (Exodus 33:15 NLT) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego enjoyed the presence of God, remained faithful in it, and maintained it. Daniel enjoyed the presence of God in the lion’s den. He maintained it and did not waste the precious grace.
Time is a precious resources. Procrastination is a thief of time. Do not leave what you can do today till tomorrow. Redeem time for the glory of God. In our Christian journey, it is required that we should do everything within our power to preserve and maintain the grace that God had bestowed upon us. Beloved, think of those resources of God that are wasting away in your life. Your sonorous anointed voice will sing praises unto God if you manage it effectively. Your hands can do exploit for God and lead people to Christ if you use them to distribute tracts. On your bended knees you can effect changes to the situation of mankind for God’s glory if you cry unto Him in prayer. The blend of your eloquence and your knowledge of the word of God can unlock the door of salvation unto many if you can endeavor to use it. Your warm smile can usher the hearts of sinners unto the Lord’s side if you effectively manage it. Please make the necessary adjustments in your lives to manage your God-given resources effectively.
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me merciful God to preserve, protect and maintain the resources that You have provided for me in Jesus name. Let me neither abuse nor mismanage the grace of God in my life, in Jesus name, Amen.