It is important to have a proper perspective on money. If money takes on more importance than it should, we begin to desire money above all else. This desire can lead people to engage in foolish, and often illegal, actions to obtain more money. Many murderers, thieves, and embezzlers have been motivated by greed and the desire for wealth to commit their crimes. Failure to place a proper value on money will lead to poor money management and the inability to meet the needs of our family.
Solomon provides us with a proper perspective on how much money we truly need. He wrote in Proverbs 30:8, “Give me neither poverty or riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
Money is a necessary and important aspect of modern life. We should desire to have enough money to meet the needs of our family and assist those less fortunate than us, without feeling pressured to engage in illegal activities. We should also desire to never have so much money that we feel independent and self-sufficient. God wants us to recognize that He is our provider. He gives us talents and the ability to work and earn money. We need to acknowledge His help and His gracious provisions for us.
How has God provided for your needs this week? How have you seen His provisions for you in the past?