When looking at these two passages (Ecc. 10:19; Ecc 5:10), it’s clear money is a far more complex thing than a simple means of exchange or a method of purchasing goods and services.
Everything has its place in divine order. God is money, and God is love; therefore, money is love. In the earthly realm, money is a symbol, a metaphor for the divine, the Creator. Like the Creator, it has the power to create and do.
So, how did money get so perverted? A possible explanation is that it gets out of sync when it is not loved in divine order. In other words, if money isn’t appreciated for both its power and its limitations, it will be misused, mistreated, and misunderstood, and we will find ourselves handling it in a way that was never intended. Because money is love, it should be used only for that which pleases God. Money itself doesn’t pervert; we pervert money.
If you doubt money is the manifestation of God, I ask you to read Malachi 3:8-10:
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (NIV)
In the above passage, what is it that determines whether the blessing is poured out? Bringing your tithes into the storehouse. Money has the ability to capture the presence of God. Money gets the attention of God. When we sow our seeds, we begin to disturb some things to open up some areas in our lives because even that in itself gives the prophet permission to go in and search things for individuals. The Apostle Paul said, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
An altar does not have power without an offering. In order for a pleasing aroma to go up to the Lord, you need to put an offering on your altar. In the present-day what does this mean for believers? It means you need to consecrate your lives to the Lord, and for the purpose of this discussion, you must dedicate your finances to God. How do believers do this? Your tithes and your offerings are what you must bring to the Lord. The offering on the altar can produce a blessing.
When the altar is desecrated, when the altar is empty, then the curse of the Lord will be upon the builder of the altar. What are you producing with the wealth the Lord has entrusted to you? Think about how you can live out the verse above, “My God will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
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If you live out this truth today, what will change about how you are spending your money?