From paying bills on time to eliminating debt to saving for the future, money is often at the forefront of my thoughts. I’d like to think that I’m doing my best with what God has entrusted of me for my household.
Each person and household differ in terms of financial outlooks and responsibilities. As my husband provides for our home, he also entrusts me with our budget because he knows that managing finances is one of my strengths.
We often have conversations about money, spending habits and financial goals, and that’s not to say our family is obsessed with money, but we do understand the importance of financial responsibility.
Having a strong grasp on our finances sounds well and good, but the truth is, he and I weren’t always the pillar of financial responsibility.
Not at all.
In fact, my idea of saving was socking away money for a new purse, and his idea of budgeting was allotting a significant portion of money for new sneakers.
You live and learn, right?
Over the years, God showed us immeasurable grace as He guided us through the truths of money, teaching us that although money is the currency of most resources, it can also lead to a person’s downfall, poor habits and a slew of other problems.
As someone who has had their fair share of experiences with money, I could certainly share tips and tricks for how to get ahold of your finances, but there are other invaluable lessons, Biblical lessons, that have impacted my life in a much grander way, and I thank God for lovingly imparting the following lessons in my life.
- Do not love and worship money. The Bible says, “No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). When you love money, your love and trust move away from God and then fixate on money for happiness and security. God brings security to our lives, not money, no matter how wealthy one becomes.
- Do not expect money to cure all problems. People often put their faith in money, assuming that money will fix their problems, and although money can improve various situations, money will never be able to meet your needs or fulfill your souls like our Lord and Savior. Money can be lost, yet no matter what you do, you will never lose your relationship with God. A relationship with Christ offers the utmost security: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).
- Do not spend carelessly. Careless spending is a sign of greed, and the Bible warns about the troubles of greed and how greed strongly affects one’s life. When your spending habits are uncontrollable, you can face problems such as debt, stress and an unrequited desire for more wealth: “In the House of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has” (Proverbs 21:20). The Bible isn’t urging you not to spend any money. Instead, His Word encourages you to be aware of the troubles of greed.