In every home there must be time set aside to handle the financial matters of the family. It might be weekly, monthly … whatever fits for the individual situation. While there are at times not many “finances” to manage, there always seems to be an unending supply of bills to pay.
No matter what our station in life may be, we must deal with money because we use it to pay for the goods and services our lives depend upon.
But, what is it that we really rely upon for security in our life?
Jesus spoke about money on many occasions. For example, in Matthew 6:24, Jesus said:
“No one 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.“
Paul gave additional admonition regarding money to the young pastor Timothy when he admonished:
“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 ESV
We must be careful not to let money become our master, to prevent money from taking the place in our heart that rightfully belongs to God. God is deserving of our love and adoration, and He alone is the One to whom we should be devoted.
When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples to testify of His words in nearby villages, He told them to take only a staff, implicitly telling them that God would provide that which they needed along this trip. This occasion is recorded in the book of Mark, chapter 6.
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff–no bread, no bag, no money in their belts–but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.”
Mark 6:7-9 ESV
The result of their journey is reported in verses 12 and 13 of this chapter:
“So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.”
No report is made that they lacked what they needed. Rather, God supplied their needs and they were able to do Jesus’ work throughout the land.
Remember that Scripture says that God has unlimited resources with which to help His people. God said:
“For every beast of the forest [is] mine, [and] the cattle upon a thousand hills.”
Psalm 50:10 KJV
Recall, also, that God sent manna to the Israelite people in the wilderness when there was no grocery in which to buy bread. He sent quail for meat when nothing but desert surrounded them. God has His ways to provide for His children.
The writer of the book of Hebrews admonishes:
“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 ESV
It is not sinful to plan and work toward a strong financial position for your family. Money itself is not evil. But, we must remember that God gives us everything, even the health and wisdom to work, and the talents to be used in our life work. Indeed, He has even given us the gift of life itself. All things are from Him.
With this in mind, we are to be content with what God has given us. Even when we are in desperate financial straits, God has promised that He is with us and His children would not be forsaken. This is the definition of true security.
Father, forgive me when I have let my sense of security come from the bank account or pension plan; forgive me when money has become my security blanket. I pray that I would rely on You alone for my security, as You alone are capable and dependable, and You alone love me with an everlasting love, through Your Son and my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.