For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
—1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)
This might appear to be just another article on stewardship. It is not. There are many teachings out there on the subject of stewardship—these are good—but many of these teachings address only a small part of God’s teaching regarding money. Let’s consider how the author of Hebrews addresses the topic.
In Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) we read: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” The operative word in the verse is ‘because’ — the word that links the thought about keeping your heart from the love of money and the quotation from Deuteronomy chapter 31 that assures us that God will always be with us.
Because these two thoughts are linked, what is the inevitable conclusion? Some of those who love money may be troubled with insecurity issues. Perhaps they were raised in a family that was in constant concern over having enough money for food and other necessities, to the point that the children lived in fear.
Or a parent lived with a terminal illness for years and the child was constantly afraid of losing that parent. Once reaching adulthood and having the responsibility of earning support for a family, this individual may believe that earning more and more money is the antidote for the fear experienced in his childhood, and thus money became an idol. Again, we’re talking insecurity issues.
The second half of Hebrews 13:5 assures us that God is always with us. If we read on in the following verse (Hebrews 13:6), we learn that we can “say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” Amassing vast sums of money is not the solution to resolving that childhood fear. The solution is found in trusting the God who promises to always be with us and to provide for the needs in our lives.
The key ingredient here is trust. And we worship a trustworthy God.