All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.
Proverbs 13:16 (NIV)
According to a report on the CBC website, after a year of pandemic prudence, Canadians are likely eager to spend the billions they have saved. Canadians have saved a record amount of money during the pandemic, resulting from the combined impact of reduced spending and collecting more money from government support programs. In fact, Canadians amassed $212 billion in 2020, versus $18 billion in 2019, according to Statistics Canada. That works out to $5,574 per Canadian on average in 2020, compared to $479 in the previous year.
It is natural for human beings to think about the future. We wonder what tomorrow will bring. We make plans for such things as trips or family gatherings. We carefully plan our retirement and work hard to ensure we have the income we need at that time so we can enjoy life during those years. This is called being prudent. The Bible speaks to this in Proverbs 13:16: “All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.” Wise King Solomon wrote these words. He had been given the gift of wisdom, and he noticed principles at work as he looked around into the lives of others. In this case, he saw that those who planned and acted with care and thought for the future, which is the definition of prudence, gathered all the information they could in order to make a wise decision. God is always willing to help us with our decisions about the future. We should do all we can to plan well, using good information for any decision. In our day, that takes discernment and wisdom. When we are prudent, we can count on God’s blessing on our future.
These have been words from the heart.