It All Belongs to God (3)
“‘The silver is mine and the gold’…declares the Lord.” Hag 2:8 NIV
How would you describe someone who built a house without giving any forethought to the foundation? Foolish! Likewise, God says don’t put your trust in “uncertain riches” (1Ti 6:17). Between 1948 and 2001 the U.S. economy endured ten recessions, each averaging one year, and resulting in the loss of billions of dollars. That means every five years or so, the economy dumps its suitors and starts all over again. What word would you use to describe a husband who philandered his way through nine different wives over fifty years? Fickle? And how would you describe wife number ten? Foolish? Abraham was one of the richest men in his generation, and so was Job. The New Testament church had some rich folks in it. The Bible says, “All who were possessors of lands or houses sold them …brought the proceeds…and laid them at the apostles’ feet” (Ac 4:34-35 NKJV). God wants you to be blessed financially so you can bless His work. But the reason He doesn’t give some of us more money is because He knows we don’t have the maturity to handle it. It would be our undoing. And to those He does entrust with money, He says, “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (1Ti 6:18 NKJV). You don’t really own anything; you’re just a steward. “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord.” The truth is, you’ll never be financially secure until you’re willing to say yes to God in whatever He asks you to do, knowing that He will always take care of you. Always!