Proverbs 31 Multiple Streams of Income

Waterfall George Washington National Forest by Daniel Booth

Waterfall – Virginia

 

Lets look at an example from the Bible of one who actually has built multiple income streams.  After 30+ chapters of Proverbs the last chapter gives us a glimpse of what it looks like when these precepts are put into action.

We will go and pay a visit to the entrepreneur found in Proverbs 31.  This enterprising individual was apparently the wife a city elder in Israel.  Her name is not revealed.  She worked primarily from home since she had a household to care for.  She has built multiple streams of income while caring and running her household. Lets take a look at some of her ventures.

  1. “She considers a field and buys it” ~ so she is a real estate investor.  The term “considers” indicates that careful thought was taken as to the economic value of this property and its ability to suit her needs. She knows the market, the quality of the property and what it is best suited for.
  2. “Out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”  So notice that her income from other sources does not languish but is put to work.  She is in agriculture, more specifically grape production, perhaps wine.  No doubt she has researched her market and found a need in her area for this particular product.
  3. “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” We are not told if this is a business venture or for her family but she produces what appears to be some items of clothing using wool and flax.
  4. “She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not to out at night”.  So she is involved in some type of trading.  And, it produces a profit for her.  Perhaps the lamp burning at night is preparation for her trading the following day?
  5. “She makes linen garments and sells them and supplies the merchants with sashes.”  This may be one or two ventures, it is difficult to tell by the verse.  But she runs a wholesale operation with regard to her sashes since they are sold to other merchants.  With regard to the linen garments she makes and sells them.  Linen apparently a much higher quality product then her other work with wool and flax.
Dress Maker

Dress Shop

She does not accomplish all this alone. She has “servant girls” or in today’s world employees.  What their role was in the household is not clear.  Do they handle the business end or the household end?  I’m guessing there was no sharp dividing line between the two so they handled many of the routine tasks that did not require the skill that our entrepreneur possessed.

I’m sure she did not start out with a staff of servants but has carefully added key people as her businesses have prospered.

Notice that none of these ventures is at the expense of her care for her family, for “she watches over the affairs of her household.”  Nothing misses her gaze. She knows what is going on with each family member, their activities, their needs, their plans.

So what about it?  What’s holding us back?  Whether you are male or female, what is not to like about this model of the many streams of income? Will you start working towards it in the coming weeks and years?  My Path to Wisdom is to read and study these Proverbs and then trust in the Lord and let him direct my steps in making these a reality in my own life.

I can’t wait to get started!

Multiple Streams of Income – Biblical?

The idea of Multiple Streams of Income is to set up and engage in a multitude of business and other ventures producing streams of income so that if one enterprise happened to fail the individual would still have others that would continue to produce.  It fits very well into the teachings of caution, prudence and foresight as found in the Book of Proverbs.

Most people depend on a single job for income – an extremely risky model considering that you are completely dependent on one industry, one company, one organization for your livelihood.  Why, even governments are laying off workers today.

Can the concept of multiple streams of income be found in the Bible?  The answer is yes!

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days your will find it again. Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. “ ~ Ecclesiastes 11

Notice most importantly that this verse describes income both coming and going.

Most importantly is the giving aspect. Most commentaries agree this verse is about giving.  We are to give to others freely with open hand, generously and liberally.  Give to different causes, like casting your money on the waters, out of mercy and compassion, not looking for recognition or thanks.

Sowing by Hand

Old Timer Sowing by Hand

It can also refer to investing or planting. The word bread according to some commentators can refer to the actual seed of the plant which when liberally spread upon the flood waters takes root in the rich deposits of soil left behind when the water has receded.  This requires a bold use of precious resources – yes, some seed can be completely washed away! But the seed on that falls on the rich soil more than makes up for what is lost.

 

One commentator refers to Solomon’s many ventures – ventures to Ophir for gold, wheat and oil to Lebanon in exchange for cedar and cut stone. Solomon’s fleet of trading ships returning with gold, silver and ivory from Africa.  Many different ventures, many projects going at the same time.

In the Bible money or wealth is not something to be hoarded or accumulated but is to be put to work.

How to get started? Begin with your giving.

Give beyond the walls of your church or denomination.  Perhaps a donation to a shelter or mission in your hometown doing a worthwhile work or that letter from a youth looking for support on a mission trip.  Think locally but also globally. Maybe you can support an orphanage in Kenya or native missionary in Asia.  Some organizations will allow you to purchase small livestock for needy families to help them get started.

See yourself boldly acting in faith, reaching into that bag of precious seed and flinging it across the waters!

We will address the income aspect in a future post.

My Best Friend

My Heavenly Friend

By George Mueller 

Proverbs 18:24 There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Best Friends

Best Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The precious Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. Oh, let us seek to realize this! It is not merely a religious phrase or statement, but truly He is our friend. He is the Brother ” born for adversity,” the one who “sticks closer than a brother.” Who will never leave and never forsake us.

How precious even on earth to have a heavenly friend, for this brings the joys of heaven in a little degree into our hearts now. This is just what our heavenly Father desires regarding His children, that they might be as happy as they are capable of being while here in the body. Have we entered into this, that the One who is “altogether lovely ” is ready hour by hour, to be our Friend?

When we cannot sleep at night, say to Christ, ” My precious heavenly Friend, wilt Thou give me a little sleep?” When in pain, say, ” My precious heavenly Friend, if it may please Thee, wilt Thou take away this pain?   But if not, if Thou sees better that it should continue, sustain, help, and strengthen me, my precious heavenly friend!”   When we feel lonely and tired, turn to the precious Lord Jesus; He is willing to be our friend in our loneliness.   For sixty-two years and five months I had a beloved wife, and now in my ninety-second year I am left alone. But I turn to my precious Lord Jesus as I walk up and down in my room, and say, ” My precious Lord Jesus, I am alone, and yet not alone, Thou art with me; Thou art my friend; now Lord, comfort me and strengthen me, give to Thy poor servant everything Thou sees he needs.”

Oh, this is a reality, not a fable, that the Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. We should not be satisfied till we are brought to this, that we know the Lord Jesus Christ experientially to be our friend and habitually to be our friend. Just ponder this. Habitually, never leaving, never forsaking us, at all times and under all circumstances ready to prove Himself to be our friend.

He is willing not merely to grant this for a few months, or a year or two, but to the very end of our earthly pilgrimage. David, in Psalm 23 says: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” Oh, how precious this is. For this “Lovely One” is coming again, and soon. Soon He will come again; and then He will take us home and there we shall be forever with Him. Oh, how precious is that bright and glorious prospect. Here again the practical point is to appropriate this to ourselves. “He is coming to take me-poor, guilty, worthless, hell-deserving me-He is coming to take me to Himself.”   And to the degree in which we enter into these glorious things, the joys of heaven have already commenced!

(Note: This short essay by George Mueller was so wonderful I just had to share it for my post this week – Don)

George Müller (1805-1898) was a Prussian-born English evangelist and philanthropist. A man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. His writings can be found throughout the web including his autobiography. 

Are You Being Fracked?

Proverbs 25: Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

Fracking is a process used in oil and gas exploration when, after drilling they pressurize the hole and fracture the surrounding rock to obtain additional gas or oil. The impact is that the fracturing allows additional oil and gas to be retrieved through the horizontal fractures with the oil and gas moving through the fractured rock layers into the bore hole. The problem and the outcry is that fracking can also allow oil and gas to seep into pure water tables and pollute underground water.  So you may live many miles from the nearest oil well and suddenly find your well water contaminated.

Pure Water Flowing

Flowing Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The person who lives right, does right and stands for truth is a powerful force in a home, workplace or community.  They become a source of stability, wisdom and refreshing to those around them.  In Isaiah 58 there is a beautiful picture of the believer described as “a spring whose waters never fail”.

We are a source of refreshment to others, people should be turning to us for advice, direction and encouragement.

But we can become polluted.  How? By giving way to the wicked. By yielding to those who spread harmful teachings, incorrect advice or instruction.  Notice that this not something you DO but something you fail to do.

Your child comes home from school with teaching that you know is not biblical. We must gently and carefully correct that teaching.  We must be the source of instruction. Public opinion now believes something that has been wrong for 6,000 years is now “okay”?  We must not be swayed.

My government wants to put up toll booths on our free highway system here in Virginia, USA.  This really bothered me and I felt this was wrong.  Finally I composed a letter and sent it to my local newspaper to protest.  It is not much – but I wanted to be heard.

You may not realize how powerful your voice can be.  Take a stand, be heard, speak out!

Stay pure! Keep the mud and pollution out.  Continue to let the pure teachings of truth flow from your spring, refreshing all those you come in contact with.  Always move forward. When your springs stop flowing the pollution and mud can seep in.

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Live Long and Prosper

Star Trek T-Shirt

Dr. Spock’s Greeting

Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

My chapter 3 of Proverbs is subtitled (by me) “The Awesome Blessings From Trusting in God!”  My Book of Proverbs is personalized.  I have crossed out all the references to “my son” and replaced it with my first name.

So here is a warning, an instruction and two blessings.  This is a dad pleading with his son – “don’t forget, please don’t forget my teachings.”  Not for a week, not for a day, not for an hour are we to fail to keep these teachings in mind.  Always be alert and awake.  When we are tempted and fall we have usually become dull and forgotten these teachings. (What was I thinking!)

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So how do we not forget?  Here are some tips to not forgetting.

•Study them every day.  You fill your stomach three times per day you should fill your mind at least as much.

•Memorize those messages that have special significance to you.

•Many of the commands in Proverbs can be applied – put them into action today.

•Don’t allow yourself to become dull. When you are tired or run down, you can let down and drop your guard.  Take a rest, a nap, a walk, some exercise.

•Remember the enormous promises attached to “remembering”.  Prosperity and years added to your life – these are great promises!