Well, I know too many times when I have been and completely understand if you are thinking this title seems like a 90's cliche rap song topic but the Holy Spirit impressed it upon my heart to address this subject. In the age of publicized self-made success stories and the glorified side hustle, we have placed a high value on the art of making our next dollar that it has become hard not to get consumed with the whole process. Now don't get me wrong because I am a firm believer in needing money to even function in this world we live in and having it can open doors to more choices. "So why bring this topic up then?", you may be asking.
Simply put, the problem for us, as Christians, begins when we place money before God. See in 1 Timothy 6:10 KJV the Bible says "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." The important word to focus on in this verse is "coveted" which is defined as a wrongful desire. I have heard many explain that this verse states that money is evil, but it says that "the love of money is the root of all evil." For when we love something, not only does that mean we take great pleasure in whatever it may be but what I want to bring light is that we must be cautious about when we chase after money without regard to how we pursue it.
There have been times in my life when my family and I have been so desperate for money that we considered compromising our Christian values to get it. I remember one year at Christmas my husband, who was the only one bringing in any income, came home and told me that he was laid off. During this time in our lives, we had just purchased our home seven months prior, our daughter had just turned three months old, and I recently became a stay at home mom four months before getting this news. We were more than ready to become paper chasers in that season! So let me share with you the rest of that story. During that hard season, we drew closer to God than ever before. We prayed and prayed and even prayed some more. My husband and I can tell you what God did for us were nothing short of a miracle.
God showed us what the real meaning behind Matthew 6:31-32 was. He raised up people to provide for us in ways we could never have imagined. Whether it was people sending us money to help with our bills, getting the bank to agree to us not having to pay our mortgage for a whole year so we could get back on our feet, or neighbors dropping off bags of clothes for our daughter and so much more. Just like Psalms 23:1 KJV says "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want," and I can truly say that my family and I did not want for anything because every need was provided! What I learned in that season of life is everything that was meant to destroy my family or even cause us to ultimately sin against God because of a lack of money ended up working out for our good. (found in Romans 8:28)
I bring up this story and testimony to share with you the type of God that we serve. He has a heart for his people which is shown in Ephesians 3:20 KJV which says "now unto him which is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." I can also recall many other challenging seasons where it may have looked like my family, and I was on our own, but God hands and presence were strongly felt and seen. So if you find yourself chasing after money in this season, I invite you to look up and seek God first as it tells us in Matthew 6:33. Remember this is not the time to focus on the circumstances around us but to pray to our Heavenly Father and meditate on his will for our lives! Lastly, keep in mind Matthew 6:32 KJV which says "...for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things..." and rest assured in the fact that God's got you!