“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew [6:24]
I love musicals. Every year, my daughter and I go to Detroit to see a Broadway production in one of the city’s beautiful, historic theatres.
In high school, I played a role in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. The song that most people identify with this classic musical, “If I Were a Rich Man,” is sung by the lead role of Tevye. He sings the song with conviction because he believes that many of his life’s challenges would easily be extinguished if only he had wealth. People would respect him. People would take him seriously. And the Russian authorities may even give him a little more space.
My favorite dialogue in the movie is when Tevye’s son-in-law, Perchik, tells him, “Money is the world’s curse!” To which Tevye responds, “Then may God curse me with it and may I never recover!”
Tevye’s struggle is very familiar to many of us. We often feel that if God would provide us with more money we could better serve Him. Yet, so many of our day-to-day decisions are based on how much something costs. Certainly, God wants us to be responsible with our resources. He also desires that we would trust Him for everything. It is true; we cannot serve both God and money.
God, You are the one who provides everything I need. Forgive me for believing that I can rely on my earthly wealth and resources alone. Grant me the faith to trust You to provide for my needs—even when I have plenty. Amen.