Handling your money wisely (1)
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.” Pr 10:22 NKJV
There are about five hundred Bible verses on prayer, and more than two thousand on handling money and possessions. It’s a make-or-break issue! It’s no surprise that money-related issues are often cited as a reason for divorce. And there’s good reason for this: money and stress often go hand in hand. The Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich.” Not only does God expect us to make money, but when we honor Him, He will help us to make more. But there is a right and a wrong way to do it. The Bible teaches that money should come by hard work. “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Pr 10:4 NKJV). “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase” (Pr 13:11 NKJV). God expects those who “labor” to give a good day’s work, just as He expects those in management to pay a good day’s wage. Both labor and management are to make money. Labor helps management make a profit, while management helps labor make a salary. A profit well-earned and a salary honestly made are both pleasing to the Lord. But your money must also be made by honest work. “He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches…will surely come to poverty” (Pr 22:16 NKJV). That’s a warning to those who rip people off by charging extortionate interest rates. Eugene Peterson paraphrases it this way: “Switching price tags and padding the expense account are two things God hates” (Pr 20:10 MSG). God makes it plain: Winners never cheat, and He will make sure cheaters never win!