The commands to fear the Lord are rightand endure forever. The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy and absolutely just. They are of greater value than gold, than even a great amount of pure gold; they bring greater delightthan honey, than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there; those who obey them receive a rich reward. (Psalm 19:9–11)
The Bible warns us about putting too much value on gold and silver. I have come to the conclusion that money is like a rattlesnake. It has to be handled carefully. Only God’s Word can give us the guidance we need to have a proper perspective on worldly wealth.
We are counseled to desire God and his Word more than riches. Here are two passages that emphasize this truth:
Receive my instructionrather thansilver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. (Proverbs 8:10)
Throw your goldin the dust—your goldof Ophir among the rocks in the ravines—then the Almighty himself will be your gold, and the choicestsilver for you. Surely then you will delight yourselfin the Almighty. (Job 22:24–26)
In KingdomNomics, we know that gold and silver, along with everything else in this world, is perishing. There is no intrinsic eternal value in gold and silver or any other form of wealth. However, “The commands to fear the LORD are right and endure forever.”
Be sensitive to the dangers of money. Make sure your money and your possessions have the right place in your life. Keep God and his desires in clear focus. Use whatever possessions you have to accomplish God’s plans and purposes.
Today, ask yourself:
In what ways does the use of my money show that I have God’s plans and purposes in clear focus?