In this fast-changing world, one may wonder where shaky uncertainty ends and solid ground begins. While you could always choose to worry and live in uncertainty, there is always a better way, perhaps a path that is easier to tread.
Let’s acknowledge that the American economy doesn’t look good right now, but the Bible has a lot to say about money management and provision that we should see as truth, and it’s something we can hold onto, in times as dread-inducing as these.
Let us see 7 different scriptures on the wise use of money and provision that the Bible offers. But before we go on, let’s lay down this “rule,” Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
So let’s work with the understanding that God has a plan for this season of affliction that besets the American economy. He has a plan for us, and gives us thoughts of peace and hope for the future. These are plans to give us a future filled with hope.
Let’s also work with 7 biblical principles that we can understand and live out, as we seek financial security and freedom:
1. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
When God said that we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, He has promised that He will give “all these things” to us, as well. What things? In the verses before this line, the discussion was about the Lord being exasperated that almost everyone, including His disciples, were worried about where the provision will come from. So He calms their worry by saying that if they put His agenda and priorities first, “all these things”: the food, clothing and shelter they worried about, will be given to them as well.
In like manner, these words assure us today that as we seek God’s priorities in our lives, “all these things” will be given to us as well.
God’s priorities in our lives do not necessarily mean becoming a full-time minister or going to a far-flung place to save those who are suffering from conditions of the body or soul. God’s priorities in your life may mean the time you spend soaking in the Word before you run off and do your day’s tasks. Be a great parent, be a great boss, be a great employee by being compassionate and godly, objective, fair, consistent and just.
Taking on God’s priorities may involve choosing to spend more time with Him no matter where you are, and choosing to be more prayerful instead of feeling anxious. Martin Luther once said that the more work he has to do in the day, the more time he has to spend in prayer.
2. Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock. Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn’t obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand.
So who is your Rock? Is it God? Or your job? Your stock brokerage account? Your investment assets? Your credit limit? Or your credit cards? Understand that whatever material wealth you have are all from your Creator. It is He who gives you the ability to generate wealth. Thus, the God who has given you all these can also take these away. For those who have experienced the worst from this economic downturn, it is a chance for God to prove who He is in this time of your trouble. It is your opportunity to call on Him and prove Him Lord over your life and assets.
For those who are in good straits financially, then it’s time to store up wealth. Save what you can, not only for your retirement and for your kids’ future, but in order to be in a position to give and help the needy.
3. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Most of us “do not have because we fail to ask.” Most of us would rather do things on our own. But why do we hesitate to ask? Maybe it’s the fear that God will let us down, because so many people have let us down before and so we may think the same of God. But let us have faith in Him who is true to His Word and His promises.
And if your problem is a lack of faith, this has been a verse that has helped me move forward in areas where I lack faith:
The child’s father cried out at once, “I believe! Help my lack of faith.”
When I face problems in life, such as with my finances, I do what the sick child’s father did, and ask the Lord to help me overcome my lack of faith. I ask for guidance. True enough, He has proven Himself faithful to His word. He has overridden my lack of belief in Him time and again, and provided just in time.
4. Remember the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy.
Indeed, let us put God where He belongs, as our Father who gives us everything, including the ability to create wealth. As we honor God in our lives, He will bless us in greater measure.
Full text of Deuteronomy 8:17-18:
You may say to yourselves, “I became wealthy because of my own ability and strength.” But remember the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy. He’s confirming the promise which he swore to your ancestors. It’s still in effect today.
5. Don’t promise to pay what someone else owes, and don’t guarantee anyone’s loan. If you cannot pay the loan, your own bed may be taken right out from under you.
Caveat emptor! Buyer beware! Loans may have become “normal” in a culture of credit and loans, but it’s only wise to be vigilant about your own loans, as well as to not be crazy/stupid/foolish to the point of co-signing the loan of a friend or even a relative. Unless you have very liquid assets and the equivalent amount of the loan ready for payment should the worst thing happen, it’s best to stay away from debt. Being conservative about using loans can save your financial hide and your relationships, as well.
6. Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.
This is a great principle that encourages us, regardless of our financial status, to be charitable. You don’t have to be ultra wealthy to share yourself with others. While you can help others by giving something material and monetary, this is not the only form of help you can offer. You can give of your time, services and energy as well. When you give, not only will you feel fulfilled, but you’ll find this kindness returned to you in some way or form, down the line. This has been a common thread in my own experiences.
7. In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
This is the Golden Rule. Have a good word for everyone. Hold a good opinion of everyone. Ask God for help if you can’t seem to think good thoughts. Be generous to the people around you. Start with a bag of groceries for the elderly guy in your neighborhood. Generosity is a wonderful habit that gives you a great feeling as you’ve helped another person. But as I’ve mentioned in the 6th principle, your generous actions often allow you to reap rewards in some way in the future.
And we leave you with this to think about:
Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.
This guest post is from The Digerati Life.
Scripture Reference: Biblegateway.com
Table of contents
- 1 Tips to put more money in your pocket & Biblical principles on managing it well.
- 2 Money principle #1: Grow Wealth Strategically
- 3 Money principle #2: Do Not be Greedy
- 4 Money principle #3: Don’t Start Without a Plan
- 5 Money principle #4: Be Diligent in Paying Your Workers
- 6 Money principle #5: Protect Your Reputation
- 7 Money principle #6: Be Honest in Transactions
- 8 Money principle #7: Be Vigilant Over Your Resources
- 9 Money principle #8: Some Things Are Worth Investing In
- 10 Money principle #9: Wisdom And Money Provide Security
- 11 Money principle #10: Prosperity Can Be a Blessing
- 12 Money principle #11: Leave A Legacy
- 13 Money principle #12: Give Wealth Its Proper Place
- 14 Money principle #13: Grow What You’re Given
- 15 Money principle #14: Give Money; Don’t Serve It
- 16 Money principle #15: Pay The Taxes You Owe
- 17 Money principle #16: Provide For Your Family
- 18 Money principle #17: People Should Benefit From Their Work
- 19 Money principle #18: Use Money; Don’t Worship It
- 20 Money principle #19: Remember What Lasts
- 21 Money principle #20: Don’t Let Prosperity Blind You
- 22 Worry about Tomorrow
- 23 Testing God
- 24 Every Need Met
- 25 The Birds Don’t Worry
- 26 Pouring into your Lap
- 27 Honoring the Lord
- 28 Faithful in Little, Faithful in Much
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Article by Jack Wellman
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If you open up a concordance and just start reading everything the Bible says about money, you might walk away with the wrong impression. Scripture makes a lot of strong and pointed statements about wealth, and it would be easy to assume that money is a terrible necessity.
The truth is that money plays a valuable role in society. It allows the farmer or the carpenter to trade for goods and services without having to carry cows, produce, and lumber everywhere they go. The problem that Scripture recognizes and addresses is how money can usurp the place of God in our lives and be used to rule over and control others.
The more you look at how the Bible addresses money, the more you discover very practical advice about stewardship, devotion, and discipline.
Money principle #1: Grow Wealth Strategically
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.—Proverbs 13:11
You hear about it all the time, the lottery winner whose life is destroyed by their instant wealth. They don’t have self-discipline to deny themselves ridiculous purchases, they haven’t learned where to go for help for money-management advice, and they don’t know how to deal with all the requests from friends and family for loans. It’s a living illustration of this Proverb’s principle.
Adversely, when you build wealth over time by making strategic, thoughtful decisions, you’re learning how to care for it. You’re learning the diligence and responsibility that will help you manage your money better.
Money principle #2: Do Not be Greedy
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”—Luke 12:15
It’s imperative that we don’t misread Scripture and walk away with the idea that asceticism is the key to right Christian living. Greed and avarice are wrong, but having money isn’t. Throughout the Bible, God financially blesses others—in fact, so much of God’s work relies on responsible and charitable people of means.
It’s when we begin grasping at wealth and desire it above all that it poisons us.
Money principle #3: Don’t Start Without a Plan
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”—Luke 14:28–30
Jesus uses this example to make the point that he isn’t out recruiting followers under false pretenses. If you come to him, he wants you to count the cost and consider the sacrifice. He uses the example of a man who begins a building project without considering how much it is going to cost him, and before he is finished, he’s run out of money.
It’s obvious from the story that Jesus intends the audience to instantly recognize how foolish of an act this is. This should be a lesson to us that even a largely uneducated peasant audience knows that you don’t start a project without counting the cost first.
Money principle #4: Be Diligent in Paying Your Workers
You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.—Leviticus 19:13
The first five books in the Old Testament (Pentateuch) tell the story of God’s creation of a nation who would serve him and worship him—and through whom he could bless the rest of the world. A lot of the Pentateuch is full of expectations and laws about how Israelites would treat each other and those outside of their community.
These passages can often feel laborious, but it’s nice to see how seriously God takes treating each other with dignity and respect. Here the Lord instructs them on how to treat their fellow Israelite. (Jesus will dramatically change the definition of neighbor later.)
We’re told that Israelites shouldn’t oppress their neighbor or help themselves to each other’s property. As an example, we’re told that a boss shouldn’t withhold the wages of an employee. This advice comes from a time when daily wages were needed to meet daily expenses.
The important thing to notice here is that the boss is only holding the wages overnight. It’s not as if he’s trying to keep them from the worker. It could be that he simply forgot. The point is that the worker needs to be paid for work in a way that allows him to look after his personal needs. And more importantly, God is paying attention to these kinds of details.
Money principle #5: Protect Your Reputation
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.—Proverbs 22:1
A verse like this is going to make more sense in some cultures than others. In modern western cultures, we’re not necessarily at the mercy of our family name. But in honor-bound cultures, nothing can ruin you faster than having a name that was associated with criminal or disreputable behavior.
A good reputation is better than riches, and the former should never be sacrificed to gain the latter.
Money principle #6: Be Honest in Transactions
You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.—Deuteronomy 25:13–15
In the ancient world, a lot of trading was done using scales for goods like spices or gold. It was possible for crooked merchants to use different scales and measures for both sides of the arrangement. If a merchant used one scale for the sale, he was expected to use the same weight for the payment.
God does not take kindly to the little ways that we might give ourselves an advantage over others in our exchanges.
Money principle #7: Be Vigilant Over Your Resources
Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds—Proverbs 27:23
If you were an Israelite when Proverbs was written, it’s likely that your flocks would be a sign of your wealth. A wise owner would hire good and thoughtful shepherds who would watch over and care for their livestock. It was important for every one of them to be accounted for and protected.
In the same way, a wise person is going to give thoughtful care to their finances and portfolios. So much is lost from want of diligent attention.
Money principle #8: Some Things Are Worth Investing In
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”—Matthew 13:44–46
There are so many times that Jesus uses money as a way to communicate a spiritual truth. Here his point is obvious that God’s kingdom is valuable enough that a wise person would liquidate everything in order to have it.
What gives these parables their power is that they’re based on genuine financial principles. In the first century a landowner might bury a strongbox full of coins. If it was found by an unsuspected peasant, that peasant might sell everything he had in order to buy that property because the deed would give him the land and everything on it.
Obviously when you find something of value, you’re willing to make sacrifices to own it.
Money principle #9: Wisdom And Money Provide Security
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.—Ecclesiastes 7:12
Here the author of Ecclesiastes wants the reader to understand the value of wisdom so he compares it to the money.
Both give you security and shelter. Living wisely has the benefit of receiving God’s blessing.
Money principle #10: Prosperity Can Be a Blessing
The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.—Deuteronomy 28:12
As God lays out the potential blessings for Israel’s obedience, he includes this promise: “you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” This promise comes from a time when debt was reserved for the most desperate situations, and could quite literally make someone beholden to their debtor. The writer of Proverbs communicates this well when he says, “the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Prov. 22:7)
In this time period, debt was tied to slavery. Because of this, being a lender as opposed to a debtor was linked to having power and, in this instance, God’s favor. With this promise, God tells the Israelites that their obedience would lead them to a place of prominence and power over other nations.
Money principle #11: Leave A Legacy
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.—Proverbs 13:22
Here’s a good example of a passage that helps to clarify money’s place in life. The writer of Proverbs tells us that a good man will leave an inheritance for not only his children, but also his grandchildren.
One has to amass a certain amount of wealth and understand how to invest it for that to be able to happen. Scripture supports wise and strategic uses of money.
Money principle #12: Give Wealth Its Proper Place
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.—Ecclesiastes 5:10
Most of the problems the Bible attributes to money have to do with this point. Money is an incredible tool which allows you to do some pretty amazing things. The minute you fall in love with the tool, it has the potential to uproot your entire life.
The things you love consume you. Because, as Jesus puts it, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt. 6:21) When you love riches for their own sake, you’ll never have enough.
Money principle #13: Grow What You’re Given
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? hen you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”—Matthew 25:14–30
Here’s another example of a financial parable that Jesus uses to communicate a spiritual truth. Here he wants to teach us stewarding the gifts he has entrusted to us. These could be talents and abilities or they might be the very message of grace that he has entrusted us with. We don’t all receive the same gifts, but we’re all expected to return our master’s investment.
This parable’s point rests on a real-world example of stewardship. High-level slaves in the first century would be responsible for the stewardship of the master’s resources. Moneylending was a fairly ubiquitous way for people of means to help others while increasing their own wealth. If they didn’t have enough money to lend, they could at least keep it in temple banks where it would be secure and earn a small amount of interest.
Jesus’ use of the parable helps us understand a spiritual principle while giving us a peek into the financial practices of the day—and the wisdom of wisely investing your capital.
Money principle #14: Give Money; Don’t Serve It
“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.—Luke 14:13–14
When Jesus says, “you cannot serve God and money,” the word used for money is specifically “mammon.” Just as “wisdom” is personified throughout the Bible, Jesus personifies money here as another entity that vies for our allegiance. What’s interesting here is that the Pharisees were infected with this love of money, and it caused them to immediately discount what Jesus was saying.
It’s important that we periodically do a personal wellness check in regards to our attitudes about money and possessions. One of the sure signs that there might be a problem is related to how quickly we dismiss the idea that there might be a problem.
Money principle #15: Pay The Taxes You Owe
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.—Romans 13:7–8
In this brief passage where Paul communicates the debt of love that all of Jesus’ followers are under, he addresses taxes. This was in a time when Rome was using taxes to do everything from build roads to erect statues of Caesars to be worshiped. To Paul, how taxes are used isn’t the taxpayer’s issue.
He simply tells them, “If you owe taxes, pay them.”
Money principle #16: Provide For Your Family
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.—1 Timothy 5:8
This is a strong statement. The fact that Paul considers not providing for your family as worse than being a nonbeliever is profound. First of all, even near-eastern Gentiles provided for the needs of their immediate family and aging parents. Secondly, the explicit implication here is that by not providing for members of your household, you are in essence denying your faith.
Money principle #17: People Should Benefit From Their Work
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”—1 Timothy 5:17–18
For Paul, a worker deserves to benefit from the work they do. This includes work done for the kingdom of God.
Money principle #18: Use Money; Don’t Worship It
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.—1 Timothy 6:10
You’ve inevitably heard this verse misquoted. Most of the time when you hear it, the person remembers it as, “Money is a root of all evil.” Obviously there’s a huge difference between the two. Money is benign and innocuous . . . until you empower it with affection. That’s when it leads to all kinds of evil.
Don’t think for a moment that only wealthy people are infected with the love of money. This affection occurs at every income level. There are many incredibly wealthy people whose lives are marked by charity and benevolence just like there are many people of insufficient means that are infatuated with money.
We all need to be attentive that we don’t fall into the sin of loving money. The price is too costly.
Money principle #19: Remember What Lasts
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”—Hebrews 13:5
The key to not falling into the snare of loving money is correct perspective.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and it’s our reliance and trust in God’s goodness that removes the roots that money might sink deeply into our hearts.
Money principle #20: Don’t Let Prosperity Blind You
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.—Revelation 3:17
Throughout the Old Testament, gain is tied to the blessings of God. In the New Testament, it’s reframed as a potential calamity. It can be both. The scariest place to be is in a position of security that blinds you to your need for the goodness and grace of God in our lives. Inwardly we all come to God as a beggar. When we have what we need, it’s easy to mistake our outward comfort for our inward condition.
What are some of the top Bible verses that deal with money or financial problems? Which ones would you include?
Worry about Tomorrow
Matthew 6:31-34 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
This is one of the most powerful verses that many have committed to memory. Most just quote “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” but what is left out is “all these things” which include anxieties about what we will eat, wear, and drink. In 1st century Judea, most people worked daily for their wages. That is, they worked and then got paid for that day. They had no guarantees about tomorrow’s work and wages, therefore it was much easier for them to be anxious about the next day (tomorrow) than it is for us today but anxiety is not restricted to 1st century Judea. Today we tend to be anxious about tomorrow when God only promises enough grace for today. That is why Jesus said that it’s a waste of time to worry about tomorrow because “sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Malachi 3:10-11 “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.”
This is the only place in the Bible where we are allowed to test God. God tells us to bring in our tithes and put Him “to the test” to see if He won’t “open the windows of heaven” for us “and pour down a…blessing until there is no more need.” He even promises to “rebuke the devourer for” us. That means that if we trust God enough to give offerings, He promises to pour our blessings that will, in a sense, overwhelm us to the point that we have “no more need.” Test God by being faithful and generous in supplying the needs for the work of the kingdom and He will pour out more than we could ever imagine.
Every Need Met
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Since God owns everything there is, is it too hard to trust Him to supply the needs for you or your family? Of course not, but why do we, and why do I, still worry needlessly over things that God promises to provide for. God supplies every one of our needs but not one of our greed’s. The key word here is “need” because He knows what we need today and will need tomorrow too so why don’t’ we trust Him and take Him at His word? The truest richest are already in our possession if we have repented and trusted in Christ. Everything else is secondary in nature to salvation, yet it is too easy to get wrapped up in our needs, even when God promises to supply every one of them.
The Birds Don’t Worry
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Have you ever seen a bird worry about their needs? Can they even consider tomorrow? Have you ever seen a bird depressed, with their head down, and stopped chirping? No, they don’t have to work and store up for tomorrow because God ensures that they are fed today and since we know that God values us above all other created things, why would He not do the same for us since we are “of more value than they?”
Pouring into your Lap
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
I love the picture Jesus gives us of giving. When we give, “it will be given to” us but in what ways? God will give back to us in “Good measure, pressed down, shaken together” and “running over be put into lap.” Imagine that you live day to day for your family and get paid only each day that you work. That was the way it was in 1st century Judea for many. Now imagine that you are paid by coins in a bag. Since you have been generous in giving, you open your money bag to receive your day’s wages and it is given to you in good measure, then it is “pressed down” so more can be given. After that, your money bag is shaken so that the coins settle allowing more room for money to be put in. Then the employer pours yet more coins into your money bag until it spills over into your lap. That is the image I get in this verse because God promises that “with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Honoring the Lord
Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your wealth then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
Here, giving to the Lord is a sense of honoring Him because you trust Him. When you “honor the Lord with your wealth” what results from this? He ensures you that “your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” Remember when this was written, there were no banks like there are today so barns were the only place to have excess food stored and to have “vats…bursting with wine” meant that both food and drink will never be in short supply but only if you honor God with your offerings. Wine is symbolic of joy so this could also mean that joy will be the byproduct of your giving to the Lord and when you give back to God, you honor Him by showing Him you trust Him enough to fill your barns and your vats.
Faithful in Little, Faithful in Much
Luke 16:10-11 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”
Every one of us has been entrusted by God with the things that we have. For most of us in the western world, we are richer by far than most of the world, yet studies show that the richer give proportionately less than do those who are poorer. Jesus warns that those who have been given much, more will be required (Luke 12:48) and for those who have little and have been faithful in the little that they have, they will be given more. Someday when the saved receive their rewards, those who were faithful in little will be rewarded with much and they will be entrusted with more.
Why shouldn’t we trust God because He owns all that there is? Why not give back to God because all that we have is already His and we are only stewards. Why do we tend to worry about tomorrow today? Why don’t we test God in the only place that we’re allowed to and that is in our offerings to Him? He promises to meet every one of our needs, just like He does the birds of the air who could care less about what they’re going to eat or drink tomorrow. If you honor the Lord, He will give back to you in an overflowing way that spills over into your lap and even if you have little and are faithful in that, He will entrust you to be faithful in much someday. The question is, will you trust your eyes or will you trust God Who you cannot see with your eyes. Even our eyes can lie to us but God never does.
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In an age where
makes the world go round and round, the most requests which I get are of more and more
The most common problem which most people face is undoubtedly the Finincial Problems. So her I am giving one more strong and powerful Mantra which is to be recited 108 times daily.
This Mantra is recited to seek the blessings of the Goddess of wealth
. So all the best in tiding over your Money Problems.
|Mantra for Money Problems|
Note the English translation should read – Om Shreem Klum Om Dhanad Dhanam Dehimaam
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