What does God say about Money?

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What does God say about Money?

The Bible says that money is not a solution to every problem. In Ecclesiastes10:19, we learn that “a feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.”  We tend to think money is the answer to every problem.  Mark 10: 17-23, the story of the rich young man it says, “As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knee before him.  Good teacher, he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?  Why do you call me good?  Jesus answered.  No one is good–except God alone.  You know the commandments:  Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.  Teacher, he declared, all these I have kept since I was a boy.  Jesus looked at him and loved him.  One thing you lack, he said.  Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”  We accumulate money because we trust money and wealth to bring us happiness.  How much more happy and productive we could be if we set our minds  to accumulating treasure in heaven.

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so  uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”  (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

One thing that I have learned over time is that money does not solve problems.  If we take our government leaders, businesses, families, and even churches get trapped into thinking money is the answer to every problem.  We throw countless dollars at our problems.  Just as the thrill of drinking wine is only temporary, the soothing effect of the last purchase soon wears off, and we have to buy more.  Scriptures in the Bible do recognize that money is necessary for survival, but it warns against the love of money (Matthew 6:24).  The danger of money is because it deceives us into thinking that financial wealth is the easiest way to get everything we want.  The love of money is “sinful” because we trust money,  rather than God, to solve our problems.  Those who pursue its empty promises will one day discover that they have nothing because they are “spiritually bankrupt.”

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