Money brings security. Whether you agree with the statement or not, it is this false understanding upon which America was built. The truth is, money does just the opposite…it brings fear. If we have a big house or a nice car, we now also have the fear of losing it. Too often we stretch ourselves thin with the assumption that paying for these expensive items will get easier over time. But what often happens is we worry that if something goes wrong—such as losing our job—our massive house of cards can come tumbling down, and we could lose it all.

Fear has never been more present in America than it was during the Great Depression.  It brought fear to a whole new level. To this day, many of those who lived through that time will still not talk about it. It was a time of utter chaos when most of the moral and social guideposts were wiped out. People did the things they felt were necessary to survive. Somehow some people managed to thrive during this trying time, while others were broken physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Either way, it was a time when people showed their true colors.

Today, every member of society finds themselves facing their own challenges. Some are doing quite well and have little fear of losing everything. Many have much but are teetering on the edge—one small recession and they will be in financial ruin. And many are struggling each day, wondering where their next meal will come from and if they will ever obtain financial peace.

Unfortunately for most people, money and their “successes” define their life and its worth. The perception of society far outweighs the perception of God. Many Christians would argue that they put God first, but that is between them and God.

When we find satisfaction in serving and honoring God, we realize that money is only a tool and it does not at all define us. The things we truly value the most in life are finally allowed to take center stage in our lives. 

And how do we know when we are pursuing the right thing? Well, I think the best way to know is when God and His Word are at the center of our lives. It is when we trust His path and allow Him to come alongside us and guide us on our journey – rather than walk alone. He has even provided us with an owner’s manual to use as a light to our path.

1 Timothy 6:10-11—For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Mark Etting

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