It seems like everyone is in pursuit of the almighty buck these days. Even from our early school days we’re advised to get good grades, which will lead to a better college, which will lead to a better job–Or… at least to a better paying job! I’ve heard many young couples exclaim, we don’t want to have any (or any more) children. Why? Usually they’ll tell you it’s because they won’t be able to live as well as they could with fewer (or no) children. “How would we provide for them?” they ask, without a thought to God’s promise to provide. I’ve even heard people pray for God to help them become wealthy. All these prayers lifted up to God asking for more money, more stuff, or more creature comfort, they sound a lot like this to our heavenly Father… “Dear Lord, with every beat of my heart I want to be cast into all kinds of temptation and evil traps, many which may slay me. Please let me be a fool. Lord, I want to be one so bad! Come on Lord, destroy me!” To which He loves us too much to say, “yes”. It takes a rare breed of Christian to have money, and keep it in the right place in the list of priorities. Once that happens, then, and only then, may God allow you to have an abundance of material wealth.
“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wondered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10