People generally work for a living.
We walk outside our front door each morning, make our way to our place of employment, and we spend the day trading our time and skills for the money to make it through another month.
If we have a job we enjoy, it’s easy. We relish our time on the job, and the money is a bonus that seems to flow like a mountain spring.
If our job wears us down, well, most of us know what that’s like. It hardly seems the money is worth the time it steals from us.
How does God see our money? Better, how does God see our relationship to our money?
Does God see it as a possession, something that’s come to us because we deserve it and no one else has a right to it?
Or does our Lord see it as a gift, a blessing that’s better when it’s shared with others … like a birthday cake or lottery winnings?
Let’s see what the Bible has to say.
Psalm 12:5 tells us God takes a great deal of interest in how we treat those who struggle to make ends meet.
“ ‘Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord; ‘I will place him in the safety for which he longs.’ ”
Proverbs 17:5 says God takes mistreatment of the poor as a personal affront.
“Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.”
1 Chronicles 29:12 reminds us that even when we labor for our pay, God is the source of the funds we receive.
“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”
Mine, yours, or ours. How do you see your money? It all comes down to God. He is the source of your life, through both your good days and your struggles.
Our paycheck was God’s before it became ours. Let’s remember the Father’s goodness as we review our accounts.
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