This article was first published on the 15th of July, 2015 and last updated on the 25th of April, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.
Have you ever found yourself asking that question? What is money? I did, about a decade ago, and I think I’ve figured out the answer to this almost universal question.
I’ve asked myself this question after I made certain observations in life: even though money can buy almost anything, some of the best things in life are free; and people with little money sometimes lead a better quality of life than people with a lot of money. On top of that, people with very little money sometimes enjoy things that very rich people do not.
The bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. These were words of Jesus. But how true is the saying? It is absolutely true! If Jesus said so, you can bet it is true. On the other hand, the bible also tells us that money is the solution to every problem.
So what really is money? How could a piece of paper possess so much clout and power? How could a piece of paper make the weak strong and the strong weak? How much power lies in this piece of paper?
Money is a driving force. It is an order which comes from the highest Power: God himself. The laws of money are ever – prevailing. They cannot be overridden. The book of Proverbs tells us that ‘money that comes in the wrong way will soon vanish away’. Indeed, we see everyday the truth in this saying. There are only two right ways of getting money: working hard for it, and being blessed by God.
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Through very hard work, focus and using the skills we’re gifted with, we can accumulate a fair amount of money; but we cannot reach our full potential unless we seek the blessings of God. That is why humans often seek ways of reaching out to God, to invoke his mercies into their lives, so that they can be blessed with money and other good things.
The bible tells us that ‘the blessings of the Lord enriches, and He adds no sorrow with it’. Indeed, this implies riches in both money and other things, such as a healthy body, good relationships and a sound mind. Sometimes, God may not bless us with money in the form of paper, but He may give us things which can take the place of money, represent it, and be traded for it.
For example, Jack prayed continuously for God’s blessings and mercies for one week. He was sure that God did bless him; but he didn’t see any paper or coins in his hands. Where then is the blessing? Jack learned to speak a new language within the next month. He realized then that this was God’s way of answering his prayers. Even though he didn’t receive paper money, he received something which would help him tremendously to receive paper money. Jack’s prayers and supplications to God is one example of receiving money in the right way: by seeking God diligently and taking prescribed actions; and by working hard and believing that you have received.
But how about some wrong ways of receiving money? By robbing people, by killing, stealing and pushing drugs. Even though it might appear that people who do those things prosper, they only prosper for a while; and who knows the trouble which accompanies money which comes in this way? As David writes in the book of Psalms “I saw the wicked increasing, and spreading himself like a green bay tree; but I returned and he wasn’t there. I sought him but I could not find him”. This shows us that things are not always as they seem, and people who try to defy the laws of money and of God, may appear to succeed, but only for a time.
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There are some things money can’t buy; and the bible tells us in the book of Proverbs “there is a man who makes himself rich, yet hath nothing; and there is a man who makes himself poor, yet hath great riches”. Evidently, the man who made himself rich in this case acquired his wealth in the wrong way. He did not work hard nor learned the rules of getting rich. His education and skills are limited and his money serves him little. On the other hand, there is a man who works hard and gives to the poor. He receives more blessings every time he gives and even though he maintains very little money, his “riches” are evident all around him. How? In many ways. Perhaps especially in the good name he acquires from doing all that good and helping all those people, as it says in Proverbs “a good name is better than pearls and precious diamonds, and loving favor than choice gold’.
Many people do not understand the potent force that lies within money. They often take it lightly and squander money. This is very disastrous. The bible warns that a fool and his money are soon parted. That is why humans must learn to obey the laws of money. Money must be used as a force for good. When money is used as a force for good, all involved are blessed. On the other hand, when money is used as force for evil, all involved are cursed. And this leads me to mention the title of a book I’m working on: “How Money Becomes A Curse”. Money becomes a curse when we use it in the wrong way. Money may become a curse when we refuse to give a part of it to the poor and to God. In some cases, money may become a curse when we choose to store it up in treasure troves rather than use it to provide meaningful and profitable employment for others.
The power within money is evident in all the things it has been able to accomplish in our world. It was money, and just a little bit of it, that caused Samson to be betrayed by Delilah. A lack of money has caused people to abort their unborn children and, in extreme circumstances, kill their born children. Money, or a lack of it, has caused some young girls to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do, such as pornography.
Money, or a lack of it, could make the beautiful look ugly and the ugly look beautiful. Money, or a lack or it, can make people talk softly or talk roughly. Money, or a lack of it, cause men to arm themselves and attack each other in wars. Money, or a lack of it, make people get stronger or weaker. Money, or a lack of it, can make people study books for hours and work from dawn till dusk. Money, or a lack of it, motivates people to face freezing cold and searing heat. Money is a driving force, capable of achieving just about anything.
People’s emotions are attached to money. For example, every time a boy or man spends money on his girlfriend, he becomes more emotionally attached to her and his love grows stronger. A man can use money to stimulate love in a woman who hadn’t previously loved him, if it is accompanied by the right actions. And even though love stimulated in this way is sometimes temporary, at other times it grows into strong, permanent love.
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Money, as we can see, is a mystery which God alone can unravel; it is a power which supersedes, or works on par with the highest powers on the earth.