“Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring” – Proverbs 11:28.
Where do we go to discuss significant matters? Where do we go for insight and wisdom on any subject? The obvious answer is God’s Word. It alone is the standard and source for truth. No one likes talking about money. No one wants to honestly think about how we use our money. We just want it. We just spend it. Most of us don’t think much about money itself – rather we think about what money can get for us. Or where money can take us. Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Take 1 Timothy 6:6-10 for example:
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” Hebrews 13:5 adds, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,“I will never fail you.I will never abandon you.”
We certainly don’t know everything about this or have a silver bullet to fix every financial woe in life or in marriage. But we do know the key is to stay focused on the main thing: God. The first thing to keep in mind is that in the area of stewardship, we own nothing. Basically, biblical stewardship is this: everything is God’s (not ours), what we have, what we have been given to care for, for God’s glory alone.
Look at it this way: Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. Psalm 24:1-2 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.” God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. At some point I will give back to Him what is His, and I want to prove I’m a good steward. His love and my salvation do not depend on my stewardship, but mindful stewardship is a natural result of understanding God’s grace and love. I want to give my life and everything in it to Him because I’m compelled by His love.
Secondly, we need to realize that we have everything. As we have often said, we Americans take for granted how well off we are. If you’re reading this devotional from the warmth of your home using a computer with internet access, it’s likely that you are extremely wealthy compared to the whole world. We’ve all heard the stats: “Billions of people live on less than $2 a day“. It’s hard to take stats like that to heart, because we can’t really fathom what “billions” of faceless people look like. But it’s true. Constant gratefulness is a great way to remember all that God has blessed us with and to be grateful for what we have.
- How does the fact that God owns everything impact our daily lives?
- What can you do this week to remember that we have everything and to be grateful for what we have?