It’s easy to love money. When it comes to navigating today’s society, money can seem like your supportive best friend who solves all your problems and holds open the door to all sorts of experiences and opportunities. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?
This week, we examine the danger that the love of money poses to our spiritual lives. When we chase after money, we leave God behind, placing our trust instead in a fleeting human construct built on numbers and pieces of paper. If we’re not careful, our desire for gaining riches can eventually consume us until we no longer remember the important things in life.
So what would it look like if, instead of striving for more, we found contentment within our financial situations? It’s not easy to do, especially when our culture venerates the pursuit of riches. The choice lies before us: to chase after wealth and forget God, or to rely on God and be content with the money that we do have.
Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
– Proverbs 30: 7-9
God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer
The authors are interviewed on the Bible Project here.