Thrift and Prosperity

One grain of corn, a penny, a few spare minutes, a constructive but as yet unneeded idea, one surplus gallon of oil—none of these may seem important. In times of plenty one might waste them without a thought. At other, leaner times these wasted assets may be remembered regretfully, and one may wish he had exercised more care to use them profitably.

The Bible teaches us to trust God to supply all our needs—such things as food, energy, or a theme for an editorial. It insists that everyone can have the conviction that David, the Psalmist, must have had when he sang. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."  Ps. 23:1; But it also shows that we are never justified in wasting anything we have. Although we may feel sure that through God's bounty there will always be supply forthcoming to meet our needs, we are not relieved of the responsibility of managing our affairs economically and wisely.

Church: Its Infinite Substance
March 9, 1974

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