Text: “The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.“(Ecclesiastes 9:17)
- Who, or what, do we believe is our true source of wealth?
- The story of the poor wise man teaches us that the world puts more trust in money than in God (Ecclesiastes 9:14-16).
- Money can bring power and authority, but we must remember its true source
- Jesus Himself warned against trusting too much in money (Matthew 6:19-21).
- If we really trust Him, our actions should show it. Actions speak louder than words.
- Merely paying lip service to our trust will not accomplish anything. Our actions must back up what we profess (James 2:26)
- This applies to our giving and tithing
- Whoever or whatever we serve becomes our master (Romans 6:16)
- Who is the source of our money?
- Why must we not trust our money?
- Can money but life?
- How do we demonstrate that we trust God and not the money?
- C. Learning to trust God starts with our finances. To trust means to rely on, or lean on, confidently.
- It is impossible for those who trust in riches to receive the things of God. It is like trying to fit a camel through the eye of a needle (Mark 10:25-27).
- Conversely, trusting in Him opens up all possibilities.
- God’s thoughts toward us are of good and peaceful things, not evil things (Jeremiah 29:11).
- He has prepared wonderful things for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
- If we truly love Him, then we will trust in His promises.
- The unjust steward was fired for stealing his master’s money. But when he forgave others their debts, his master commended him (Luke 16:1-9).
- He knew wealth was just a by-product or God’s favour. He wrote off the debts of others and changed their lives.
- Likewise, we can use money to touch the lives of others.
- God’s blessings—not money—is true wealth.
- If we put God first, He will be the source of all the riches we acquire (Deuteronomy 8:18).
- God’s blessings are permanent (Numbers 23:20).
- If we are born again and receive His blessings, they are irreversible. God’s favour in our lives cannot be stopped, as long as we do not stop believing in Him.
- Why is it impossible for those who trust in riches to receive things of God?
- Why is the blessing of God permanent and money on its own is not permanent?
- What must we put first to enjoy the blessing of the Lord?
To trust means to depend on or rely on. At some point in our walk with
Jesus, we need to decide whether we trust Him, or trust money.
The Bible says we cannot have two masters, and choosing riches over
God makes money our master. The Scriptures teach us in multiple places
that God is the source of all wealth and riches, and all we need to do is
trust and believe that this is the truth.