2,300 Bible verses mention money – more than any other topic – reminding us that our earthly security lies in our relationship with God.
The Bible has myriad warnings against money becoming an end in itself, that is, an idol, and others about the virtues of sound money management. In fact, more than 2,300 verses mention money – more than any other topic, including faith (500 verses). So, God cares deeply about what we do with it.
Scripture often reminds us that while money is important, our earthly and eternal security lie in our relationship with God:
- Solomon cautions: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
- “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.” (Proverbs 11:28)
- “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:5)
- In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts it this way: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
- The Apostle Paul gives an admonition against greed that is often misquoted. He doesn’t call money itself evil, only excessive desire for it. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Along with warnings about overreliance on wealth, the Bible is full of wisdom about handling money and assurances that God will always provide:
- “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)
- “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
- “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
While reassuring us of God’s providence, the Bible gives ample advice about managing our wealth. For example, the Book of Proverbs condemns dishonesty, foolishness and laziness:
- “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)
- “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8)
- “Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.” (Proverbs 24:27)
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SOURCE: One News Now, Robert Knight