Trusting in God, Not Money

Money has always been a sore spot for many Believers because of the significance the world places on it. Unfortunately, more than a few people have stumbled in their Christian walk because they viewed money by the world’s standards. Money has traditionally been a key motivator in how people behave and the decisions they make. But heaven’s perspective is different, and the Scriptures offer us multiple lessons on how to think about it and handle it. God’s message on this issue is that it’s about trust, not money.

Parents try to teach their children the “value of money,” financial advisors try to multiply it for us, and Wall Street has made it into a god. Colleges and universities offer finance and money-related majors, advertising executives focus on raking in the “big bucks” with their advertising campaigns, and others have resorted to robbery and theft to acquire it. We’ve missed the mark because we’ve placed our trust in money instead of God.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus had plenty to say about money and wealthy people who hoarded it. “And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”(Mark 10:23-25). Jesus said this because of the rich young ruler who refused—or was afraid—to trust Him enough to give away his money and follow Him. This is just as true today as it was then.

Money can make people act in strange ways. Too often we hear about the unscrupulous, immoral, and criminal behavior people engage in to acquire money. However, as Believers, we can have the right relationship with money by placing our trust in God only. As a matter of fact, our relationship with money is so important to God that He mentions it repeatedly in both the Old and New Testaments.

When we trust God where our finances are concerned we won’t maintain a tight grip on the money that comes our way. We won’t be afraid to give generously. God promises He will take care of us when we honor him with our tithes. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts”(Malachi 3:10, 11). When we realize money is just a tool we use to be a blessing to others, our perspective on it realigns with the Scriptures.

— Creflo Dollar