Money & God

The desire for wealth and gold has consumed man for ages

Surely all this greed and suffering is proof God hates money.

When God created Adam & Eve, there was no money.
What do we hear now?

“Money is the root of all evil”  “Greed is a sin”  “God blesses the poor”

“Rich people cannot get into Heaven – it is easier for camels to pass through eyes of needles than for rich to go to Heaven, therefore rich people cannot be saved”

  “Money cannot buy happiness”

  What else have you heard people say about Money?
What does God actually say about money & Wealth?

15 “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.

 16 “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.

 17 “Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’

 18 “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deu 8:15-18 NAU)
 

11 God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king,

 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.” (2Ch 1:11-12 NAU)

6 Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. (Pro 15:6 NAU)

 3 By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

 4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. (Pro 24:3-4 NAU)
 

So it seems God wants us to be wealthy?!? 

  Where does all this talk about poverty being good come from?

  Aren’t those who are poor blessed by God?

  Why are so many believers poor?

Look what God actually says 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 5:3 NAU)

 22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

 23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them. (Pro 22:22-23 NAU)

15 The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,

The ruin of the poor is their poverty. (Pro 10:15 NAU)

 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

 2 The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.

 3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

 4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.

 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

 8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish.

 9 He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor. (Pro 22:1-9 NAU)

Being poor is not fun, just ask anyone who is poor.

Yet God allows good people to be poor

God gives wealth, but God doesn’t only give wealth to the righteous, He also gives wealth to the pagan & profane

What are we to make of this?

23 “For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing.

 24 “If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,

 25 If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;

 26 If I have looked at the sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor,

 27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

 28 That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above. (Job 31:23-28 NAU)

2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.

 3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

 4 For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.

 5 They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.

 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.

 7 Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.

 8 They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.

 9 They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.

 10 Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them.

 11 They say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?”

 12 Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.

 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;

 14 For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning.

 15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.

 16 When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight

 17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.

 (Psa 73:2-17 NAU)

24 “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.

 25 “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?

 26 “Look at the birds of 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?

 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mat 6:24-34 NAU)

Money are wealth are not evil, but loving them more than God is.

We are to be good stewards, good managers, of what God gives us. 

Manage your wealth, rather it is much or little.

Pray, read the Bible, learn what God has to say about money.


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