'...Fools spend whatever they get.' Proverbs 21:20 NLT
The Bible says loads about money; there are promises of being blessed and warnings about being greedy. It's clear that God wants us to have the right attitude to money.
Here are three typical 'cash attitudes': (1) 'I'm ok, I'm making ends meet.' That's like saying we feel great doing the splits, which for 99.9% of people is extremely painful - if not impossible! God says, 'Pay all your debts...' (Romans 13:8 TLB), because when we're in it up to our necks one little wave can spell disaster. (2) 'I plan to work till I drop.' What'll happen if we can't work or 'drop' sooner than we expect? Trusting in our ability to earn a living is a bit arrogant. God doesn't want us clocking up 60 hours a week of work at the cost of our relationship with him? (3) 'I earned it so I'll spend it!' God's generosity is one of his most amazing qualities. So how can we claim to belong to him if there is no evidence of generosity in our life? If money is getting a hold of our hearts there's one really easy way to break its grip - give it away! The Bible says: '...God loves people who love to give' (2 Corinthians 9:7 CEV) and 'Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...' (Luke 6:38 NIV).
So what now? What's your usual 'cash attitude'? Maybe write up a cash plan for yourself and pray for help to get the right balance of wisdom and generosity.
Soulfood: 2 Sam 7:18 - 11:27, Matt 25:31-46, Ps 118:10-18, Prov 18:7-9