Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about money – where it’s coming from, whether we have enough, what we can afford to buy, what we can’t afford to buy… The Bible tells us not to spend our time worrying about money though. Don’t worry about a thing like money and the things we own.
How do you handle your money?
Do you worry about creating a secure, comfortable home and life for yourself and your family?
Do you work hard, sacrificing time you could be spending enjoying yourself or being with your family in order to earn the money you need to pay for the things you own?
Do you enjoy spending? Is shopping a form of recreation for you? Do you get a buzz out of keeping up with the latest fashions or upgrades of high-tech gadgets?
Or are you the opposite and prefer to save every penny? Do you feel guilty when you spend money? Do you hate being frivolous and prefer to save everything you can for a rainy day?
God tells us that if we spend our time worrying about money or material possessions we elevate them to the status of idols.
Of course, when we face financial pressures it’s natural to worry about money and be concerned about what sort of future we might face. Yet, if we are living lives trusting God and His provision for us then we don’t need to worry about whether we will have enough or not. We are to fully rely on God for what we need.
That’s not to say that we can squander what we have expecting God to magically multiply the money in our bank accounts. Nor that we can present God with a shopping list, praying for luxury items we would like to own. But we are to trust that God wants to bless us with what we need and will care and provide for us.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
The word the Bible uses for wealth here is mamona which is a word used to personify money and describe it as an object of worship. It’s is a symbol of money and all that money can buy. The Bible here is pretty clear – we cannot serve God and money.
Here are the ways that we can end up serving money –
1. Don’t worry about a thing – stop trying to get more
Our desire to accumulate more money to buy things means we are a slave to earning money, wanting more and more, and enjoying the buzz that spending money gives us.
We live in a world where it’s hard to avoid the culture of shopping.
I own more electrical gadgets than I ever have before.
I have access to purchasing more music, more books and more films all in an instant.
I now do most of my shopping from the comfort of my armchair with the aid of a little plastic card, rather than trawling round shops spending until the money in my purse has run out
It’s hard to resist the constant pressure to earn more to accumulate more.
We have to be prepared to surrender our bank balances to God. We have to be prepared to pray about our spending habits and honestly ask God if we have let things get out of control. We have to be prepared to seek God’s will for how we tithe and prioritise giving over spending.
2. Don’t worry about a thing – remember you’re in control
We need to take care not to allow money to rule us. We’re in control. We need to be good stewards of what God has given us, taking care of it prayerfully and sensibly.
I highly recommend budgeting. It’s so important to keep track of your finances, know where and how you are spending and save for big expenses and the unexpected things.
However, we need to appreciate the blessings that God has given us. Enjoy our money. Be blessed by what we have and use it to bless others.
3. Don’t worry about a thing – trust in God
We need to refuse to allow money to cause us high levels of worry. We need to be good stewards with what we have and trust God for what we don’t. Work faithfully and guard our money carefully. God provides for His people’s needs.
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This devotion has been republished from the archives in case you missed it first time round!
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