"...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: 8b-9
This Proverb highlights the dangers of two extreme teachings on money that can interfere with our ability to follow Jesus.
At one extreme you will find people who teach that money is evil. This position teaches that living in poverty is glorified, and it is expected that you will give everything away. However, Jesus never teaches this; in fact, this Proverb teaches us that extreme poverty can lead to stealing, which is dishonoring to God.
At the other extreme is a teaching which says it is our spiritual duty to accumulate as much wealth as possible. However, Jesus never teaches this either. To the contrary, the Bible has much to say about the dangers and foolishness of pursuing extreme wealth, including the potential of having so much that we disown God and say, "Who is the Lord?"
Financial Freedom ministry hopes to offer tools and resources to assist you in creating a God-honoring balance between generous giving, reasonable saving, and wise spending. Please click on the links to the left, to learn more about these offerings.