Trusting God With Your Money

If you’re new to Life Compass, on Sundays I write on Spirituality and Faith. Here’s why. Currently on Sundays, I’m writing on the Bible and money as I share my observations from the book of Proverbs.

First, in Proverbs chapter 3, we find several instances where Solomon talks about the use of money.

In Proverbs 3:2, Solomon says that if we live out his teaching and commands (remember, he is known as the wisest man who ever lived), we will enjoy long life and prosperity.  I take this to mean that, by following the wise principles he shares, we’ll stay out of trouble – financial and otherwise.

In Proverbs 3:5, Solomon doesn’t specifically mention money, but he calls us to trust the Lord in everything (which would certainly include our money), ask for His guidance and direction, and not depend on our own wisdom or understanding.  Solomon says that if we acknowledge God in everything we do, He will help us stay on the right path.

Later in the chapter, Solomon calls us to honor God with our wealth:

“Honor God with everything you own; give Him the first and the best.  Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.” – Proverbs 3:9-10 (The Message)

He’s talking here about stewardship, about honoring God with everything we have, using it for His glory.  And he’s talking about tithing, about giving back to God a portion of what He’s given to us.  But not just any portion – Solomon calls us to give God the first and best portion.

I take this to mean that, before we spend money on anything else, we should give back to God.  And we should do it in thanks for what He has given to us.  Solomon says that if we do it, we’ll be blessed.

I know there are some who point to these scriptures and say that if we give, it’s a guarantee that we’ll be wealthy.  I don’t see it that way.  For some, it may mean that they’ll receive greater wealth.  But I’ve read about and have known plenty of extremely generous people who aren’t wealthy from an earthly or monetary perspective. But they definitely have a rich life because of the blessing of faith, love, family, and service.

To honor God with everything we have, and to give to God the first and best of what we have, requires that we trust Him and have the faith to know that He will somehow honor and bless our gift – even if we can’t see it at the time.

The key point for me is this:  don’t feel that by giving to God, you’ll have less.  When we give to God, He somehow makes more.

That’s my take on it.  What do you think?


  1. Agree completely. When we give, we receive joy!

    Thanks Rich

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