This week’s Bible and Money focus is on Psalm 20:7, a verse about trust:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. – Psalm 20:7
A lot has changed in the thousands of years since the psalmist wrote. But one thing hasn’t changed: some people put their trust in wealth and power instead of in the Lord.
The problem with wealth and power is that when we have any amount of them, we can tend to think that it was our achievement or our hard work that made them possible. We can end up trusting in ourselves.
The other problem with wealth and power is that they are fleeting. The recent economic downturn is a great reminder of this fact. You might enjoy wealth and power one day, but they can be gone the next.
We ultimately have no control over creating and sustaining any amount of wealth or power. God does. And he gives various levels of wealth and power to whomever he chooses, and for his purposes.
That’s why we need to put our trust in God and seek to be a faithful steward of the resources he’s given us, to use them for his honor and glory.
It would be easy for me to look at my bank account or retirement fund, see the money that’s there, and feel a sense of satisfaction, or maybe even pride in what I’ve accomplished.
I pray that I’ll always remember that everything I have belongs to God. He gives it, and he can take it. So I’ll put my trust in him. What about you?
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Ryan Reger - Business Ideas, Tips, and Strategies says
I cam across your blog by reading your guest post on ChristianPF.com.
Thanks for talking about money! A lot of pastors are afraid to do so for fear of running off members of their church.
A key way to trust God with our finances is by tithing. It tells God that we trust him to provide for us and connects us to that supernatural provision.
I read one survey that said as few as 6% of Christians tithe. That amazes me and saddens me at the same time. How many more people could we reach for the Lord if Christians would just be obedient and tithe?