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Of Little Use

Proverbs 17:16 says: “Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”

In the Bible, God gives us wisdom about to handle our money. What often stops us from following God’s plan for our finances is that at some level, we care more about money than obedience to God.

Scripture challenges us not to let money be our first concern. This isn’t because God is against wealth. It’s because He’s against idolatry. God knows money is one of the top competitors for our love and attention. It seems most of our decisions come back to money—how much we make, how much we spend, how much we are in debt—instead of what God wants for us. 

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says to seek God’s kingdom first and all things will be added. God is our Father, and He’s asking us to put Him first and trust Him to provide for our needs and desires.

When we take God at His word, a funny thing happens. We experience peace. We see God move in ways we never have before. And pretty soon, we find ourselves asking the same kind of question posed in this proverb, because we’ve seen that God’s wisdom is infinitely more valuable than the biggest lottery jackpot.

As you pray today, examine your attitude toward God’s role in your finances. Are you trusting God with your money? Are you seeking wisdom before wealth? What in your life needs to change in order for you to be obedient to God in your finances?

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