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Money

Keep yourselves free from the love of money, being content with what you have for He himself has said, ‘I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.’ – Hebrews 13:5

For the past year or so I’ve struggled with worry over my financial future.  My fears have been based largely around concern for having enough money into the future to put a roof over my head and food on the table, should I never be well enough to return to some kind of work.

In response to these fears I spent quite a bit of time studying the stock market  and very cautiously put a small amount of money there and promptly watched it go down in value.  I then looked at the housing market and quickly discovered that the only place I could afford would be in the most crime laden suburbs of the poorest parts of Tasmania where I don’t really know anyone.  (Not that this wouldn’t be a good place to live in some respects.  Such places need a christian presence and the good news of the gospel with it). Of course it’s not wrong to make plans so as to try to ensure as much as possible that one is not an unnecessary burden to others but it is wrong to trust in our money rather than God and the truth is I’ve been trusting in money rather than God in many instances and not once has such trust made me feel more secure.  In fact the more I learn about finance and investment, about asset bubbles, about fiat money, about inflation and deflation, about private and government debt, about bank  capital adequacy ratios, about the history of booms and busts, recessions and depressions, about all things monetary and economic, the more I realise that God was right when he said, ‘Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it.  When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.  For it certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.’   There is no security in money.

I think in the past I have thought that the love of money is more of a problem when you are rich, because the more you have the more you are tempted to think that it is your money and not your God who looks after you.  However when we become poorer (and I know by world standards I’m still not really poor), there is an equally dangerous temptation.  That temptation is not just the temptation to believe that the money you have will look after you but the temptation to believe that the money you don’t have will ruin you, that only money and your ability to acquire it can deliver you from future or current distress.  This is a very great danger to our souls.  In the parable of the sower Jesus describes the seed that is choked by thorns as a picture of the person who hears God’s word but becomes unfruitful ‘because of the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches.’  This is a danger for those of us that see ourselves as poorer just as much as for those who are richer.  There is a connection between worry and the deceitfulness of riches.  When worry arises we need to learn to take our worries to God instead of thinking that wealth and money will solve our problems.

I think I also need to learn to live more day to day and less for tomorrow.  I need to just pray and give thanks for today’s bread instead of incessantly worrying about tomorrow’s.  I need God’s grace for this. No doubt we all do.  Grace to believe that he cares for us and that he really will never leave us nor forsake us, that we don’t need more money, but rather faith in God, the provider of all things, the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  How silly we are to trust in our own little hobby farms that are only ever a drought or a flood away from destruction instead of our good and powerful God who spared not his own Son but gave him up for us all and who says, ‘how will he not also with him freely give us all things.’  I am sick and I am weak.  I have no earning power but ultimately I don’t need more earning power, I need the God who gives all things to weak and undeserving sinners.

Lord help me believe what I know to be true and help others like me to believe it too.

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