The “don’t eat your seed corn” truism is often applied to finance in the old saying, “never spend your principal”. When you expend something, you are not only giving up the item itself, but all that the item could have produced in the future. In the case of money, that means when you spend $1.00, you are not giving up $1.00 You are giving up all of the dividends, interest, and rents that dollar could have produced from now until your death.(Excerpt from an article in Linked In – author: Dr Lisa Christiansen)
It is used quite a bit in financial circles, and eating your seed corn (money) can only mean a complete attitude of selfishness that leads to a total loss of what should have been set aside to make life further sustainable.
Many Bible verses are used to show us how to make life sustainable by planting seed. Therefore maintaining a supply of seed (corn) for the future is wise in assuring health and wealth for later years. Think about the seed of faith.
Everything in life starts with a seed—including the things we receive by faith. In Genesis 8:22, God says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease.” The eternal law of seedtime and harvest, planting and reaping, giving and receiving will not change as long as the earth remains. Jesus compared faith to a seed being planted to get a result: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). (Attributed to Oral Roberts Ministry)
Leviticus 27:30 ‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy to the LORD.
Planting your seed in God is a principle that should be a part of a Christian’s life. God is the one who gives the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
If your prime directive is to selfishly keep everything to yourself you will starve in more ways than what one puts on a table. You’ll never have increase without God. You’ll always come up short.
Now. To bring this home to you or myself. We can’t afford to spend money or squander faith. It will come back to haunt us. We must place our faith in God. If God says to you “I got this” then you must let this Word from God stay planted in your heart. Just because you go out into your garden of “faith” plantings and see nothing, does not give you a crop when you go digging around where the seed was planted looking to possibly find something of value for one to use. We have to let God bring the increase or we will abort the seed in its incomplete state. We must let it come up through the ground and aim for the sky where the sun (Son) can bring about the miracle of a multitude of fruit instead of the little single seed that was planted.
In money, we must invest it into a planting to God. He will bring increase to us from sources we know not of. He is the only one who should make a mountain out of a mole hill. Why? Because He can.
If you don’t get anything out of this, I do. I have a small sum of money I had considered using to help me catch up during a difficult time, but God spoke to me the title of this writing. At the same time he pointed me to someone in a financial investing business to talk to. I must invest, because God said “I’ve got this”. If this being so is true, which it is, then I must be prudent to do so when the Word comes to me not to eat my seed corn and then furnishes me with wise counsel in how to invest this so God can fulfill the “I got this”.
God has given me health and well being and in doing so I must see to it that I can meet my responsibilities in the future. I love my wife and I’ve told her I would always take care of her and she trusts me because of what I’ve heard.
You, too, must in prudence do the same for your family if you are the head of the wife. This does go beyond to all who desire to rest in God in the future. Have the faith of a mustard seed. Watch it grow. No matter if it’s spiritual or financial.