Tossed by Financial Worries? Here Are 3 Reminders to Anchor Your Faith in God
Three Bible verses to fight financial anxiety
Recently, whenever I start a conversation about money, it feels like I’m jumping headlong into a raging typhoon.
Waves of fear and countless opinions come crashing over my head:
You might want to rethink your investments—everyone I know is losing money fast.
I know you can’t afford it right now, but you really should try to buy a house as soon as possible.
Don’t put too much hope in that retirement fund—start saving money on the side, too.
The economy is sinking!
When things feel out of my control, my instinct is often to grab on tighter. But in an endless sea of financial worries, grasping onto money like a lifesaver will only drag us down under the waves. The apostle Paul has a warning for us regarding love of—or dependence on—money: “For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 GNT).
Throughout Scripture, we are warned not to place our faith in our financial stability or success. This doesn’t mean that Christians should neglect good financial planning, budgeting, or saving. But amid the changing tides of life, we are called to trust God—and not money—to carry us safely through every storm we face.
If you’re feeling tossed by the waves of financial worries today, here are three reminders from Scripture that can help anchor your faith in God.
Make sure you’re serving the right master.
If you find yourself worried about finances, you might be living with money as your master. Jesus tells us that we can only serve one master. Too often, we prioritize money and financial success and neglect our relationship with God. As you navigate financial worries, pause and ask yourself if your heart is truly focused on serving God. If not, Scripture invites you to ask your heavenly Father to help you remain wholly dependent on him.
“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Matthew 6:24 GNT
Check your heart for contentment.
Our sinful hearts always cause us to desire what we don’t have. When it comes to money, it seems like we can never have enough. Scripture reminds us that whenever we feel like we don’t have enough, we should look at what we do have, and can never lose: the eternal love of God. When we focus on being content with God and all his promises, we can keep our lives free from unhealthy love of money, belongings, relationships, and everything else that distracts us from God.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5 GNT
Store up heavenly riches.
In life’s unexpected storms, money can help us feel unsinkable. But the Bible reminds us that money—like almost everything else in our lives—is only temporary. Growing our treasures here on earth will not make life last any longer. When we receive new life in Jesus Christ, we can follow our Savior’s example and live with an eternal perspective. Instead of worrying about money, we can use our time and treasures here on earth to share God’s love with others, knowing that nothing in this life can destroy the heavenly reward God has promised.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom. Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Provide for yourselves purses that don’t wear out, and save your riches in heaven, where they will never decrease, because no thief can get to them, and no moth can destroy them. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”
Luke 12:32-34 GNT
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