When you don’t have money it can seem like the only thing that’s important.
When you do have money, keeping it and acquiring more can seem just as important, or even more so.
In this day and age it’s important for all of us to get a reminder that wealth is fleeting, and that while it can be useful, it can also be fools gold. It’s meant as a tool, and we can’t take it with us.
Today I want to look at a selection of Bible verses about wealth. The verses talk about how God has promised to provide for us, how having wealth means great responsibility for good stewardship, and why the desires for wealth can be so deceiving and easily become a false idol in our lives.
God has told us that he will meet all of our needs. He will meet our needs, but we need to be careful of allowing money and wealth to become our master and our central focus, either by having too much, or too little.
We need to be good stewards of what He’s given us, and to use what he has given us for His glory.
1 Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Proverbs 23:5 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.
Luke 16:13 No servant 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.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Luke 16:10-12 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Proverbs 28:19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:19-21 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
While we’re not told that being wealthy is wrong necessarily, but we are warned against allowing our money and things become idols in our lives.
Instead of allowing money to become the central focus of our lives, we need to look to Christ to fulfill all our desires.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Ephesians 1:17-21 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Have your own verses about biblical financial principles that you believe shed light on the truth about how God views our relationship to money and to Him?