What Does Money Have to Do With It?

By   •   April 7, 2009   •   Topics:

With so much focus on the financial aspects of our lives, we can easily forget to put God in the center of the equation. But God has a lot to say about what we do with our money. How we handle money affects our relationship with Him. Because of this, each financial decision is a spiritual one.

Reliance upon God

God is the owner of everything. Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains.” Because God is the owner of everything, He is the provider of anything.

Look at what Luke 12:22-24 says about His provision.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: the neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”

Do you believe that? Do you believe Him? Reliance upon God means reliance upon His word and believing it to be true. Have faith in what God promised us through His word.

Hebrews 11 explains faith as something that cannot be seen. In today’s economic climate, society, and the Christians among it, worry about not getting things we need. In fact, most of us worry about not getting things we want.

And so, we borrow or “purchase” with credit. This makes us reliant upon what lenders can get for us, rather than what God will lovingly and willfully provide for us.

Commitment to God

Matthew 6:24 tells us, “You cannot serve both God and money.” When we place too much emphasis on money, or what it can buy for us, we put something in our lives that will compete with God.

With today’s “buy now, pay later” mentality, debt competes with God for our hearts and our devotion, because it is a form of imprisonment. We are no longer free to give as much to God and His causes since we are bound to lenders.

Jesus died for us so we can be free. Spending ourselves into debt goes against that, because He does not want us to be in bondage. When we are in debt, we are enslaved to it. We are bound to it, constantly worrying how we are going to make monthly payments.

Luke 4:18 tells us that Jesus was sent “to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”

When we are free from the claws of debt and the trap of materialism, we are not only free from bondage. We are free to be content.

Contentment with God

Not only does God have a lot to say about money, He has much to say about contentment.

Paul writes in Philippians that he has “learned to be content in whatever circumstances.” First Timothy 6:8 gets more specific about this issue when it comes to money. “And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.”

If we understand God’s role as the provider and our role as the steward, we can become more content with our financial circumstances. We, as humans, shoulder much of the responsibility that belongs to God. When we fail because we are not God, and cannot do what He alone can do, we become discontented. This hinders our relationship with God.

Experience the fullness of a relationship with God today. Rely on God for what you need, commit to Him regardless of your circumstances, and become content with Him and what he provides.

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  1. Lorén Cranna says:

    verry helpful indeed. Thank you!

  2. D'anah says:

    Yes!!! How true. Thanks for this. Well presented.

  3. Lucky says:

    Thank you for this article. This has been a touchy issue in my house. I have to give in secret. It makes me feel like l am stealing. I have tried to explain the principle behind it but have not succeeded yet. I keep praying.

  4. NB says:

    The peace that comes from not having any consumer debt is truly God given. It took a few years to get to this point. But it is worth it.

    1. Jack Saud says:

      Amen, wow this is the type of teaching we need more off in our churches. Gods people are more and more in debt for not trusting Him more..
      Thank you for this teaching

  5. Jackie Flowers says:

    We can’t control God with money. Trust in the Lord and he will supply us what we need. Love my God!!!

  6. Tawny F. says:

    i just finished reading “Unbroken” the book has been on my nook for almost a year before I finally decided to read it. I’ve been struggling with discontentment this entire year. I couldn’t believe when I read that Louis Zamperinis life was so impacted by Billy Graham that he was able to forgive. I have also struggled with forgiving someone this year who has caused incredible pain and intentional hurts for almost 20 years of my life. I turn 40 this year and I am determined to live a joy filled life. I recently made a decision to forgive that person fully, not for their sake, but for mine. So that I could let go. And this morning on my way to work I prayed to give my life and control to God. Asking him to teach me to be content. thnx.

    1. Margi says:

      so happy for you. Forgiveness is the true spirit of Jesus and where he is, there is freedom. So happy I came upon your comment. Gives me encouragement too.

  7. Gwin says:

    As we get older an see the end of our stopover here we find greater comfort in God’s words.

  8. Audrey says:

    Money is the root of evil!! Trust in the Lord he promised if you give to him
    He will open the float gates of heaven and pour down blessings in your
    Lap you cannot contain. Thanks to Rev Graham for this message.

    1. Cathy says:

      No money is not the root of all evil…. It is the LOVE of money that is the root….God is not against money….Money helps humanity in many ways.

  9. Jeremy Willmoth says: