Episode ThemeIdolatry- Discerning: Trust in God's provision
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Does God care about money? Does God really care about your money? Time for a true/false quiz on money in the Bible.
- True or False? When God called Abraham to move to another land, God also told Abraham to give up all of his wealth. (Genesis 12:1-4)
- True or False? Judas bought a new boat with the money he was paid for betraying Jesus. (Matthew 27:3-10)
- True or False? Paul said the cause of all kinds of evil is money. (1 Timothy 6:10).
- True or False? Paul said that the last days would be terrible and would include the destruction of all money.
How did you do? All 4 questions were false. God promised to bless Abraham if he obeyed God. God gave Abraham much wealth, and Abraham managed his money obediently. Judas realized what he had done to Jesus and tried to give the money back. Paul wrote that loving money is the root of much evil-not money itself. Paul also said the last days would be filled with people who loved themselves and their money.
So what does God teach about money in the Bible? One word: contentment. God wants us to be content and happy with whatever he chooses to give to us. Peter wrote that Christians should not be "greedy for money but eager to serve." (1 Peter 5:2). How should we look at money in God's way? The writer to Hebrews said it best:
Don't be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have.
God said, "I will never leave you. I will never desert you."
So we can say boldly, "The Lord helps me. I will not be afraid."