Money Woes

November 16, 2021

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Do you fight with your spouse about spending? Do you use your credit cards often? Do you wonder how you would pay for a flat tire, or an emergency repair to the air conditioning, or an unexpected medical bill? Are you constantly looking at what your friends or coworkers have, or how they spend money, and comparing it to what you have or spend? If you answer yes to more than one of these questions, you are likely trapped in a cycle of worry about your finances.

A McGraw Hill study found that 36% of people spend two or more hours a day worrying about money. Disagreements on financial matters are the second leading cause of divorce, just behind infidelity. Jesus knew we would be prone to worry, and most especially about our money and possessions. In Luke 12:22-34, He sets out instructions on how we should view our money and possessions.

Jesus says, “O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus’ answer to worry is to put our faith in God, Who provides all that we will ever want or need. A life following Jesus is set apart from the pagan world, which pursues wealth, money, possessions, and earth-bound prestige and passing fancy those things can provide.

God’s way is to seek Him and His kingdom. When it comes to worry about money and possessions, it means asking, “Is this what God wants? Will this thing, this want, further His Kingdom, or my self-interest?” When our pursuit of wealth is supplanted by the pursuit of God, our worries about money will fade. God desires followers who aren’t motivated by a life of comfort among amassed possessions, but a life of sacrifice among the mission of the Church. Are you worried about money? Look to God, and follow the mission of the One Who will provide for your every need.

God, forgive me when I worry about and pursue money and financial gain. Help me to be wise with what you have entrusted to me, to be thrifty and to use my resources first and foremost to glorify You and grow Your Kingdom. Help me to trust you to provide for my every real need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Topics: Worry

Bible Reference

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.
For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.