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How Does God View Money

Posted by: Bizzy Oulton

Rooted: How Does God View Money?

Focus Verse: “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction”1 Timothy 6:9

Have you ever just asked Him? How do You view money?
It is powerful. It is made from Me. The enemy twists what good it can be used for…for evil.It is powerful. It is helpful. It is to be managed well. 
Perhaps these are the views God has of money. All sound true. Let’s test this with Scripture. 
“Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9)
Wow. God gives us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4), but none of these are intended for “temptation, ruin, or destruction.” It never ceases to amaze me how Satan continually is out to steal, kill, and destroy. This scripture from Paul in 1 Timothy shows us why money is to be managed well. Using words like ‘senseless’ and ‘harmful’ only pull his point across further: a higher view of money than God is senseless and harmful.
Paul goes on to write this: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (verse 10a). We all have heard this- that money itself is the root of all evil. No. That is incorrect. God says through Paul here that the love of money is the root of all evil. This desire for more, for sharing less, for “keeping up with” the Kardashians and having the latest hairstyles and apple watches is what comes from that root. Remember: these things in and of themselves aren’t bad in the eyes of Almighty God. It is when the love and chasing after them consumes more of your heart, mind, and soul than the Holy Spirit that God views the love of money as evil. 
“It is through this craving [of the love of money] that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6:10b). Ultimately, we see here why God feels the way He does about loving money. It takes the creature’s desire for their Creator and places it in creation. This is dangerous. God the Creator is our sole Provider of life, contentment, and provision itself. Not a stack of dollar bills. 
Dollar bills are helpful though, and there is a special something innately woven in each of us to give. Perhaps it is because our Creator gave so much? Giving will not be painless, but oh it will be joyous. 
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 
We see this ‘sowing bountifully’ in Jesus leading up to His crucifixion. He was not thrilled to be giving [His life] as He prayed for His Father’s help in Gethsemane. But the joy that came from the giving of His life, the unity we have because of Him giving His life, and the life we have now because of His life laid down? It is the single greatest gift. 
When we give, we become more like God, you see? If I grew up watching my father give a one dollar bill to every homeless man in the streets of Portland, I will probably be more giving a person myself. So it is with our Heavenly Father. Money is powerful. It can change lives. It can change situations. So give in the ways that God moves you- and allow yourself to be moved. After all, “you are not your own, even you were bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a, adapted). 
Walk away being confident God feels the following about money: It should serve you, not you it. God wants us to give from the heart, and cheerfully at that. He wants us to steward and manage our money well. And lastly, and arguably most important? He wants you to give it away, so you can watch Him provide again, and again, and again. 

Scripture Meditations for this week:

Monday: Luke 21:1-4
Wednesday: 1 Timothy 6:7-10
Thursday: Matthew 6:19-21
Saturday: Malachi 3:8-12