Daily Devotion: Love of money comes from Fear

“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.’

So we say with confidence,

‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6

The connection between “the love of money” and the constant presence and help of God in the face of fear seems a little random at first. However, when we look a little deeper we see that in many cases these are very related.

While it might sound strange, the love of money can be rooted in fear. Money promises–though ultimately can’t deliver–security, provision, happiness, stability, etc. For many, the pursuit of money is really a pursuit of these things. The fear of not having enough money to provide or be secure, the fear that we will miss out on certain joys in life by not being able to afford them, the fear that unless we make a certain amount we don’t measure up. We are often led to fear based on finances. The desire to avoid this fear can lead us to chase after money and devote too much of our time and effort towards acquiring it.

The love of money ultimately proves unsatisfactory.

“Whoever loves money never has enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
  This too is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 5:10

And the security we seek through money is fleeting and in reality non-existent.

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” – Proverbs 23:4-5

Instead of loving money, chasing after it to quell these fears we have–which it can’t do–we are to focus on the fact that we have something far greater and more sure than any amount of money. The Lord has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us and He will be our helper in time need, we have nothing to fear. We are able to “say with confidence,

‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”

 If we do run into situations where we are tempted towards fear and running after money to calm those fears, let us be reminded of this truth. In light of God’s complete power, His eternal presence and perfect compassion for His children, we need not fear anything.

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