Within the pages of the Bible, we are nourished with words that declare our service to the Lord. The direction is there, but still there inlies the Earthy challenge for all men to serve as such.
In a free enterprise market, we serve the economy with our income. Mankind is the driving force of this long standing way of exchanging goods and services while maintaining a livelihood. Money only defines who we are on the surface. Although it’s only a portion of who we are as a whole, a lot happens on the surface.
Trials and tribulations are scattered throughout our path in life. Our journey comes with both joy and tragedy. It’s just the way life on Earth is, for all of us. No one escapes it.
It’s important to know, what we see on television and movies is only fabricated at the surface. What we see doesn’t come close to the deep rooted existence of real, everyday life. No one is perfect and everyone has a closet full of problems.
Finance can bring a lot of dark tunnels to many Americans. There are the hungry, sick, abused and poor; all worried about how they will find their next meal or safe place to sleep. Some hard working Americans are worried about bankruptcy, repossession or foreclosure, while others may be doing exceedingly well. Either way, life is a journey and everyone at some point will experience worry over money in their life.
Here are 5 Bible verses that will strengthen your outlook on finance.
1. Matthew 19:24
“… It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”.
Just like many stories and verses of the Bible, this can be perceived in a plethora of ways. One interpretation is, as we serve the Lord, we should be gracious, and giving to others in need. Thus, if the rich would give half their possessions to others in need, than there would more equality of wealth among the people.
There are 540 billionaires in the United States. If each billionaire would give up ½ of one of their billion dollars, they could give 5,000 people $100,000. Not in the form of charity organizations, but just the sharing of the money. If all of the 540 billionaires in America would give ½ of one of their billions, than all 540 can give $100,000 to 2,700,000 Americans. And it can go on and on with the gift of giving. That’s just one of their billions. Bill Gates is worth 93.9 billion dollars.
2. Acts 20:35
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Be sure to do good things with your success and even your failures. If you don’t have a lot of money to give, you can give by volunteering with an organization that you are passionate about. By volunteering, you can meet people and expand your social network which can lead to a job opportunity. Giving doesn’t always mean to give through money. We can give our time and talent as well, which carries treasurable value.
3. Proverbs 13:11
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”
Don’t lie, cheat or steal to make a living. Be as honest as you can. Any corruption in doing business will taint the future and it will catch up in the end. Corruption comes with both spiritual and physical consequences. Dealing in corrupt practices can drive anyone into bankruptcy, which most courts may not grant a discharge from debt. Moreover, a company or person can be driven to lose everything and still not be granted a discharge from the bankruptcy court.
4. Hebrews 13:5
“Let your conversations be without covetousness; and be content with such things ye have; for He hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.”
Always be thankful for what you have and do not pursue a life of lust with money. If the wealthy would just share some of their wealth, the world would be in a better position. But, we are human and we sin, which means we carry greed with us, therefore most wealthy people will not share, sometimes not even with their very own family.
5. Proverbs 10:4
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
Do not be lazy on your journey of making a living and taking care of your family. While we all need to rest and relax, it’s important to stay proactive during flourishing times and hard times.
If you are struggling to make ends meet, make use of your time wisely. A few ways of doing this is to volunteer for your community and/or pick up a hobby.
There are many verses in the Bible that reference finance; however, a few strong ones can lift the fog from the perspective on how bleak finances can be. Situations like bankruptcy and repossession can cause a lot of heartache, but God is there for you through these times. Remember the words of the ultimate Book of Life and lift your spirits.