Money (5 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Money (5 of 8)
Series: Wise Steps
Jonathan McLeod
Proverbs 30:8-9

Give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ''Who is the Lord?'' or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God (Prov. 30:8b-9).

SCRIPTURE INTRODUCTION

The book of Proverbs gives us wisdom so that we take wise steps as we go through this life. One way to view Proverbs is to see it as more about a who (who to be like) than a what (what to do). The who is Jesus. He lived a perfectly wise life. So learning to live according to the wisdom of Proverbs is learning to live like Jesus.

In Proverbs 30:7-9, we find the only prayer in Proverbs (written by Agur). The prayer contains an unusual request.

[Read Proverbs 30:7-9.]

IN MONEY WE TRUST

Most people know that the phrase ''IN GOD WE TRUST'' is written on American coins. But many Canadians aren't aware that God is also mentioned on Canadian coins. Next to the Queen's image the phrase ''D. G. REGINA'' can be found. This is a Latin phrase. The letters ''D. G.'' stand for dei gratia, and dei gratia regina means ''Queen by the grace of God.''

It's ironic that both American and Canadian coins mention God. Why? Because North Ameri-cans, in their day-to-day living, generally don't trust in God (even if they identify themselves as Christians); they trust in money.

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?

Is money the root of all evil? No, the Bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil. It says, ''The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils'' (1 Tim. 6:10). Money is morally neutral; it's neither good nor evil. Anthony Selvaggio writes, ''The moral issues regarding wealth arise entirely from how we acquire it, relate to it, and use it. In other words, the problem is us.''

Money isn't everything, but it is a BLESSING FROM GOD.

The book of Proverbs talks about money in a positive way. Proverbs 10:22 says, ''The blessing of the LORD makes rich.'' We ...


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