God cares about money.
Not that He needs our money; since after all, Scripture tells us He created the wealth of the universe. But an honest examination of the Scriptures reveal that He is very interested in our attitudes about, and stewardship of money. We find that the Scriptures have a lot to say about money, and He truly cares about our provision.
– Three of the Ten Commandments deal with money;
– There are 700 direct references to money in the New Testament;
– 16 out of the 38 parables in the New Testament Scriptures deal with the right and wrong use of material possessions;
– 1 out of every 6 verses in the Gospels deals with stewardship;
– In the first epistle of Paul to the Corinthian church, there are 13 verses on love, and 39 verses on giving;
– The longest chapter in the Bible next to Psalm 119 is Numbers chapter 7, all about giving.
God even ties His assessment of our faithfulness and potential for promotion to our proper stewardship of money. (Luke 16:10-13) So it becomes important to us to know what the Scriptures say, and how God views the issue of money.
Throughout this series of articles we will be looking at the Scriptures to establish the following truths:
• God is very attentive to our financial situation.
• God has the ability to prosper you.
• God has the desire to bless you
• God has a purpose for your prosperity
• Satan wants to plunder and rob you
• There are clear Scriptural principles and laws that bring blessing or curse
• God has provided ways out of financial distress
The Lord knows what you need
In Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount, He said this: You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt 6:24-33
to be continued…
See Part TWO
See Part THREE
See Part FOUR
See Part FIVE