In Money We Trust

Light through CloudsIf I haven’t said it clearly yet, let me say it now. I am a Christian. I love Jesus.

So it dismays me to see our country place so much trust in money. Certainly, money is useful. You need some to get by. And since money is a part of life, we ought to use our money wisely and be good stewards of the resources we’ve been given.

But we ought not put so much faith in money. By doing so, we become like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. We think our money makes us strong–even invincible–but everything could be washed away in a moment.

There is only one rock worth building on: Jesus.

I’ve learned this lesson well since quitting my job. I can’t trust in a paycheck any more. My pay goes up; it goes down. But in all things I trust God to provide. And let me tell you… He is able!

One time, I had no money left. So I laid in bed and prayed. I told God I had reached the end of myself and that I needed him to provide. Guess what? Next morning God sent a client to me. What I could never do, God did overnight while I was sleeping.

Money is a weak substitute for the power of God. And yet based on what I see, America has replaced the motto “In God we trust” with “In Money we trust.” The capital “M” is on purpose. Money has become an idol.

I don’t write this with any condemnation. It was only recently that God revealed that money had become an idol to me. He is teaching me how to let go and trust Him. Will you join me on this journey?

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2 thoughts on “In Money We Trust”

  1. You are so very right. Heck, you can’t even rely on money when you are gainfully employed anymore. As we’ve found out, your job can disappear in an instant.

    It’s interesting that you bring this up now. Our church has been really short on income this year (like $30,000 short). We took last Sunday and just prayed that God would give us direction. Just yesterday someone dropped off a check for $15K.

    I’m definitely trusting God more than money. It’s not always easy, but I’ve found that times of testing cause us to grow dramatically in our faith.

  2. I’m not really sure that people put trust in money. Or perhaps its not clear me what you mean by this. Certainly it’s helpful to have money, because by having money I can buy things but other than that…

    I don’t really put my trust into anything. Like most people I’m fairly self-reliant and I’m connected to lots of friends, and I just do my best to live a productive and fulfilling life. I don’t feel the need to trust something external, whether that be money or anything else.

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