The economy is a maze of twists and turns and ups and downs, and any one of us may find ourselves on the upside or downside, lost or wading through at any given point. In those moments when it seems you’ll never find your way out financially, it’s easy to start to worry.
The Bible talks a lot about worrying, especially about money. And if I were to sum up everything the Bible says about worrying about money in one word, it would be “Don’t”.
And here are eight reasons why the Bible says we ought not worry about money:
Worrying about money doesn’t accomplish much. Jesus says, “who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27
Money comes and goes, and it certainly won’t last forever. Jesus also says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
It’s going to seem obvious when I say it, but it needs to be said. There’s only so much money in the world, and it all belongs to somebody right now. So logically, when you want more of it, you’re coveting someone else’s money, which is one of the big ten: “Thou shalt not covet.” Exodus 20:17
Worrying about money gives money power in your life, and Jesus basically says that it’s an act of treason against God: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24
Worrying about money certainly isn’t a peaceful thing, and pretty much any time you’re not feeling peaceful, you’re not trusting in God: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Sometimes we forget who God is and what He’s capable of, which leads to worrying about things like finances. There’s a story in the Bible where Jesus is asked to pay the temple tax, and this is what He tells Peter: “Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27 If our God can make money appear in a fish’s mouth, why do you think your financial problem is too big for Him?
Sometimes we get this crazy idea in our head that the stuff we horde and the money we earn is ours to do whatever we want with, but we forget that we are just stewards, and the true owner is the Lord, so why worry about what never was, isn’t now, and will never be yours? “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Finally, worrying about money is deadly because it puts your eyes on the things of this world and not on God. I’ve been going over and over this idea this month in Isaiah 55, and I’ll leave you with the opening of that chapter:
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.