In Chapter 9 (“The God of Money”) of Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman notes that of the 38 parables Jesus tells, 16 deal with the subject of money. The author adds that Jesus seems to be clearly stating that God’s main competition for our hearts often is the god of money. The reason why money becomes God’s main competition, Pastor Idleman contends, is that we tend to ascribe divine attributes to money.
Referencing The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12: 13-19), Pastor Idleman describes 3 such attributes. Today the first attribute will be discussed.
1. The rich fool looks to money as his source of security. If we look to money for security, money becomes our god- the place where we put our hope and dependence. We may believe that we can take care of ourselves and handle all our own needs. The author encourages praying the prayer of Proverbs 30: 8-9, which says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ ”
Today’s question: Following your ministry position or career loss, what methods have you found effective for counteracting your worries about money? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: The “divine” attributes of money- Part 2