Money is talked about in the Bible more than most topics and I think there’s good reason for that. It seems to be such a popular subject and so many people are affected by it, it would do us good to see what the Bible has to say.
I don’t know about you but even as we budget as a family, I tend to think through our money plans a lot.
- Do we have enough of it?
- What about college for the kids?
- What if something goes wrong?
- How can we get our mortgage paid off faster?
- Are we giving enough?
While planning finances is a good thing, obsessing or worrying over those finances is where we often go wrong. I believe it’s a matter of us taking our eyes off of Jesus and onto ourselves…that’s where we get into trouble. God created everything, including money, so therefore we should read the Bible to see what it has to say and trust that the Creator will continue to provide for us, in all circumstances.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on finances:
Luke 12:15 – 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.”
Hebrews 13:5 – 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.”
Luke 16:10 – 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.
Proverbs 3:9-10 – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Malachi 3:10 – 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.
Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 – If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Romans 13:8 – Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Matthew 6:31-33 – 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.
Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
Deuteronomy 15:10 – You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
Proverbs 13:22 – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
Matthew 6:2-4 – Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.