Even when we aren’t talking about money, we often talk about money:
As good as gold
Another day another dollar
Made of money
Money doesn’t grow on trees
Worth its weight in gold
I was struck by this the other day when I read a passage of scripture, ironically not about money.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” – Hebrews 13: 5-6
“How is this not about money? It literally says, ‘Don’t love money’ in the text.”
I’ll give you that, but the passage isn’t about money. I had never noticed how the writer of Hebrews had used money as the hook to draw the reader into a deeper discussion. Yes absolutely, don’t love money, but not because money is bad. Not because God doesn’t want you to have money. The writer isn’t saying money is evil. If fact, we know it is a necessity in life; we wouldn’t get very far without it.
What the writer of Hebrews is saying is if you choose to love money, you choose to not trust in God.
Where is your trust in your daily life? Do you trust in your job to provide for you? Or your abilities? Are you a “self-made man” who can do it on your own? Or do you trust that God will never abandon you, even when you run out of everything, including money?
Do you believe you have to have money, a certain level of lifestyle, vacations, a house, a new car, $5 to your name to have a good life? What if you lost it all? Would you have peace and trust in a God who is sovereign over everything, including the finances of the world, knowing He promises us He will never abandon us?
If we say we love God and at the same time can’t answer that last question with a resounding, “Yes, I trust God completely!” then it’s time for us to put our money where our mouth is and love God enough to trust Him even if we don’t have a penny to our name. God cares way less about how much money you have and way more about whether you trust Him for your needs. You can bet your bottom dollar if you trust money (or anything other than God) you’ll have less green than a golf course. But if you trust God, you might just find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
This Sunday, September 10, as we continue our series on “Adulting,” Shannon is going to talk about money. But let’s remember, it’s more than our wallets God is concerned about; it’s our hearts.