Money, Money, Money

 money, money, money

 

Proverbs 23:4-5 (NLT)
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
 Be wise enough to know when to quit.
 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, 
for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

There’s nothing wrong with being rich. Nothing at all. There’s something quite wrong with wearing yourself out to get rich. It sounds good and noble to push and push that direction. It’s not. Why? We cannot count on money to make everything alright. To fix things. Or, to last forever. It is vitally important to put it in proper perspective. If our security or our trust is based on money, we will never be safe or satisfied.

Be wise. Be diligent. Plan ahead. Be well informed and smart about purchases and investments. Be the kind of employee or entrepreneur that is noticed and blessed for how you conduct your business affairs. All of that is good and admirable. BUT DON’T OBSESS AND GET ANXIOUS AND MAKE THE FINANCIAL REWARDS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS.

In Matthew 13 and Mark 4, when Jesus is explaining the meaning of the parable of the sower, He talks about the third example of good seed bringing no harvest. The seed is the Word. In this case, the Word brings no harvest or benefit or blessing because of the thorns that “choke” the Word and it becomes “unfruitful.” The Truth of the Word – the message God has for His beloved children – is crowded out and doesn’t thrive or survive.

Why?

Cares. Anxieties. Distractions. Worry. The lure of wealth. The deceitfulness of riches
 (the lie that money and material things solve our problems and will make us happy). Desiring and focusing on other things more.

A scripture that is misquoted more often than it is quoted correctly is 1 Timothy 6:10.

1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
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.

LOVE of money. Money isn’t the root of all kinds of evil. Loving it is. Some people, craving money, pierced themselves with many sorrows. Money isn’t evil and it isn’t the having it or not having it that is the problem. It is the craving of it. We bring sorrow on ourselves when it is our focus and obsession. Ever had any sorrows because of chasing or craving money? You’re not alone!

Having money doesn’t equal craving it or loving it. Not having money doesn’t equal NOT craving it or NOT loving it. In fact, the percentage of people without much money who crave and obsess about it is probably just as large or larger than those who have lots of money. IT ISN’T ABOUT THE MONEY. It’s all about the role it plays in our motivations, actions, focus and priorities.

How does a wrong perspective about and relationship with money create a barren spiritual life? It puts money in the place of God as our source, what we trust, and what we require to be secure and happy. It feeds selfishness, competition, comparisons, discontent, stress, worry, anxiety, and hopelessness. It perpetuates the lie that somehow we can satisfy and safeguard ourselves by our own efforts and by doing more and more to get more and more.

God says differently. We have His Word on it…

He says that He our Rewarder and is pleased when our faith is in Him (Hebrews 11:6).

When the Lord is our Shepherd, we won’t want (Psalm 23:1).

He delights in our prosperity (Psalm 35:27).

He wants to give us the desires of our hearts and we just need to trust Him – He will bring it to pass (Psalm 37:3-5, 11).

He’s not going to withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11-12)

He’s going to give us good things and increase us in what we have and do (Psalm 85:12).

We don’t need to worry. He knows what we need. We just need to trust Him…He’s got it covered (Matthew 6:31-33).

He’s faithful. He’ll supply what we need NOT limited by what we have or we can accomplish – but based on His riches and capacity. (Philippians 4:19)

When the blessing of the Lord makes us rich, sorrow doesn’t come with it. (Proverbs 10:22)

He loves us. He’s our Father. When we believed in Jesus and accepted Him as Lord and Savior, we became the beloved children of the Most High God. If we as imperfect humans know how to give good gifts to our children and those we love, HOW MUCH MORE will our good and faithful Father give good gifts to us? (Matthew 7:11)

He will! We have His Word on it.

Who’s your Daddy?????? God’s your Daddy.

He’s good and He adores you.

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