The abundance of Bible verses that speak about money proves that God cares about our personal finances. Because it is an essential element of our lives, money can train us in stewardship, teach us self-control, and strengthen our obedience to the Lord.
Perhaps the greatest area of obedience involves our willingness to give. Old Testament law commanded financial contributions for upkeep of the temple and support of the Levites serving there. And the New Testament shows believers regularly setting a portion of their income aside for kingdom work (1 Corinthians 16:2).
However, fears and excuses sometimes keep us from faithfully carrying out this God-given responsibility. After all, giving away the money we need for paying our bills might seem foolish. But the Lord promises overflowing blessings to those who obey. In fact, He invites us to test Him in this to see if He will prove faithful (Mal. 3:10).
When we neglect our responsibility to give to the Lord, we express unbelief in His integrity and power, ingratitude for all He’s given us, and rebellion against His commands. And since the first part of our income belongs to Him, withholding it amounts to robbing God.
Don’t think that your financial situation will somehow prove too much for God and cause Him to break His promise. The trustworthiness of His Word depends on His character and omnipotence and is unaffected by your monetary challenges. Trust Him and give generously.
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