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Money matters.

Money matters more than we tend to think.

Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. Ecclesiastes 10:19 (ESV)

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Money matters.

Money matters a lot.

When we look at money the wrong way, we tend to lose focus. Focus on faith, not finances. Just understand that the finances are important, but they are not to be our focus. Focus on faith, but keep your eye on the money.

Jesus said a lot about money, too.

No one can serve two masters.

Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.

If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Gain more perspective on the Lord’s views on your money with this week’s Friday freebie: The Master’s Words on Money.

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Do not wear yourself out to get rich;

do not trust your own cleverness.

– Proverbs 23:4 (NIV)

Riches are fleeting.

If you don’t believe me, just look at how this preceding verse is followed up.

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,

for they will surely sprout wings

and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

-Proverbs 23:5 (NIV)

The very money that you worked yourself into an early grave to obtain can “sprout wings” and “fly off.” That doesn’t sound like a solid and prudent investment of anyone’s time and other resources like energy and thought.  It sounds like a waste.  In fact, the Scriptures are not saying that wealth is a waste.  The words relate to the effort that other versions and translations of the Bible consider to be an effort to “overwork.” It gives a connotation and warning not to overwork to become rich.

The Book of Proverbs advises a different approach in chapter 13;  “. . . but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”

Ask yourself which way you are going about obtaining wealth and riches.

Are you doing yourself a favor by gathering it “little by little?” Or, are you doing yourself a disservice by seeking to “overwork” to get there?

At the end of the day, the choice is yours.  You can work yourself into a frenzy and have little to show for it except for a bunch of stress and agony to go along with an ulcer or panic attacks of anxiety.  You can also see all of what you have saved to go away right out of your own hands and into the hands of another.

 A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.     – Ecclesiastes 6:2 (NKJV)

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The faithful are favored. Most favored people have demonstrated some form of faithfulness to the Lord. Yet, when I say favored, I don’t mean rich and famous. I mean favored. Let me share an example. Pharoah had riches galore and whatever he desired, but Moses was favored because he was able to go before this monarch who thought of himself as a deity and say, ‘Let my people go’ and still leave with his life. That’s favor. In order to have favor like that, you have got to have faith. I would say the same about David, Abraham and Nehemiah. Situations within their lives revealed God’s favor for them, especially since they had been faithful with small matters like herding sheep, holding onto God’s promises, and praying to God for others. it is out of that kind of faith that God grants favor that riches and money cannot buy.

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Common Ground

…The Lord is the maker of them all (Pro. 22:2)

The Bible shares that the rich and poor have at least one thing in common. It may not be where they shop. It probably isn’t what they eat day and night. Surely, it isn’t how they are educated. No, I don’t think it has anything to do with how they raise their children. Simply said, it is the Lord. The Lord is the maker of them all. Ain’t that good enough?

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