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The world has a very particular view about what money is and how it should be handled. It is the world’s view that the money you make is money you earned. Therefore, you own that money and have complete authority of it. You can choose what you want to do with the money you have earned, because it’s yours. Therefore, the world tells you to earn as much as you can and spend it in whatever way pleases you.
Even though this way of earning and handling money may sound normal, it’s actually not how God intends us to be with our money. The world says whatever we earn is what we own. However, what the Bible teaches us is a bit different. In Deuteronomy 10:14, we read “to the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (NIV). Did you catch that? Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to God. Including our money! God owns our money before we earn it, while we have it, and even after we’ve used it. Instead of owning our money, the Bible teaches that we are actually stewarding God’s money. We will talk a bit more about what this means in a few lessons. For now, here is a short story in the Bible that reveals God owns and has oversight over all resources:
“Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come close to me.’ When they had done so, he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt? And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” (Genesis 45:4-8 NIV)
God used Joseph in what seemed like a hopeless situation (being sold by his brothers) to save many lives. Throughout all the events in Joseph’s life, God was in control. The same is true in your life and with your finances! Are you willing to give up control of your finances to the original owner?
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