He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
Read the entire passage: Deuteronomy 17.17
God tells the king not to accumulate wealth. It’s obvious the king would have money coming in. That’s what governments do. However, they weren’t to hold onto it for personal wealth or even to rely on it for security. They were to rule wisely and trust in God. They weren’t to trust in money.
One of the problems with a focus on getting more stuff is that it stifles giving. When we focus on stuff, we’re self-centered—trying to always figure out what will make us happy or give us security. Financially, the sign of a heart surrendered to God is generosity as we remember everything we have is really God’s. A Christ-follower who surrenders their finances to God will strive to work diligently, spend wisely, save faithfully and give generously. Instead of hoarding money for security, God calls us to steward our resources. This means not being controlled by a fear of not having what you need when you need it—but instead trusting God.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Think about how you view your finances. Maybe you tend to look toward your next purchase to make you happy. Maybe giving isn’t a regular part of your budget. Or perhaps you’re more concerned with building a nest egg than using the money God has given you to help others. Jot down two or three steps you can take today to move toward generosity.
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