Is money an inherently bad thing to have? Does the Bible say any more about money than,
“the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (I Tim
God doesn’t seem to have a problem with
our having money since some of the godliest men of the Bible were also some of
the richest (i.e. David, Solomon, Job, etc.).
Solomon was even made rich by God Himself (I
Money can hurt you when you allow yourself to get deep in debt. You may think the opposite of saving money is
spending it. But the true opposite of
saving is borrowing. When you save, you
gain interest for yourself, but when you borrow, you often end up paying for
your purchase and then some. Truly, “The
rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs
22:7). Money can also curse you when you
trust in it more than you trust in God.
The wise man, Agur, wrote, “Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give
me neither poverty nor riches-Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be
full and deny You, And say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, And
profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
Many have buckled under the weight of the burden of riches, and thus
learned this truth, “For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than
it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes.
So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits” (Jas
Properly ranked among the issues of life, money can be a blessing, but
used unrighteously, it can abase anyone.