The Bible says that God has good plans for us; plans to make us prosper. The bible further says that we are not to seek that which is of this world, but seek the Kingdom of God first, and all else shall be given unto us. With these to verses, a Christian may argue that financial planning is to be left to the Lord and all Christians have to do is worship and believe in Him. Others may argue that money is evil from certain verses (Bour, 2009). However, in other verses, the Bible states otherwise.
Luke 14:28-30 (NKJV) says that someone who intends to buy a tower must first sit down and find out how much is required for the tower to be completed. It he does not do this, he risks being a victim of mockery when he builds the foundation and is unable to go from there. The verse is very clear on one thing. Planning one’s finances is not only good, it is vital for anyone who wants to go through with their plans. Christians must therefore do business in ana ordered way so that they have better reasons of success.
This verse therefore shows the importance of sitting down and assessing your plans to see how much they will cost instead of just jumping into business (Brown, 2011). Once someone has saved money, they should strive to ensure that they invest wisely. This verse mostly strains on the importance of making sound judgment when it comes to investing. According to this verse, proper budgeting is vital. It enables someone to understand fully how much will be required and how much is within reach. If someone finds that they cannot fund a certain project, then they may change their size or type of investment.
Proverbs (NKJV) 6:6-8 is a narrative of an ant. It requires Christians to watch the ways of an ant. An ant works without a ruler, a master or overseer. However, it still remembers to store up supplies in the summer and to gather its food in the harvest. This verse is crucial for those who would want to save. The verse talks about an ant and how it amasses its food during the warm period and prepares food during the cold period. It shows the importance of saving when things are convenient so as to have somewhere to run to when things get worse.
The verse also shows the importance of hard work. Hard work enables people to save when it is easier to do business and get started. The issue of time is imperative. People may opt to save during their working years and then invest during the years after retirement.
In conclusion, the
Bible is very objective on the importance of saving for both aspect of saving
money and investing wisely. The bible advocates for people to save when it is
more convenient. When it is no longer convenient to do so, they will have
somewhere to run. This way, the investor who saves some money during his
working years may invest after retirement. The bible is not out rightly against
money. It is however against some evil deeds that would be facilitated by the
availability or pursue of money. The bible also wants us to work for our money.
This way, we will learn how to deal with it.
Bour, P. (2009). Money, the Bible, and Financial Planning. Journal Of Financial Planning, 18(11), 19.
Brown, D. (2011). Money, the Bible, and Financial Planning. Journal Of Financial Planning, 18(11), 19.
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