Financial Sin – Day 2
Do you trust God or money?
Financial sins, like dissatisfaction and coveting, begin in the heart. Consider greed. The drive to have more leads us into conflict and turmoil. It leads people to make irrational decisions even breaking the law.
In 2009 Bernie Madoff was convicted and sentenced to 150 years in prison for running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. The Menendez Brothers who were raised in a life of luxury, killed their own parents to inherit their wealth.
The Bible has it’s own chilling stories. Wicked King Ahab wanted his neighbor’s vineyard. He wouldn’t sell because it was the inheritance of his fathers. So, Queen Jezebel stepped in and had the man killed.
It reminds me of Proverbs 28: “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”
The Love of Money often becomes security in place of God. However, most people don’t know they love money until they lose it.
God warns us of the dangers in Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The love of money is a form of idol worship, just like the worship of pagan images. It’s not the money that’s the problem; it’s our attitude toward it.
Now the solution? Guard your heart, be content in Christ, and flee financial sin.
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