Let’s not deny that money is very powerful.
Reference: v.21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. (NIV Bible)
Explore: There were acts passed in British Parliament in the 1830s that abolished slave trade. This was not a simple feat for those fighting in this campaign but a culmination of many years work. One of the greatest things working against the abolition of slave trade was that it brought a great deal of wealth to the country, and wealth is a very powerful motivator. I can only imagine that there were people who possibly knew within themselves that buying and selling people, no matter what the colour of their skin, was a disgraceful act. And yet the power of the pound kept them voting against the Abolition Act.
Application: I wouldn’t have to stretch my imagination too far to see that the people of Judah did not obey God’s command to keep the Sabbath day holy because of their desire to make a buck on every single day of the week. Why rest when everyone else is out there making money? And I don’t have to look very far to see that we are not much different today. Our society is so money focused that we have more people in slavery today than in the 1800s, before the slave trade was abolished. And closer to home there are people working 7 days a week to get ahead or provide for a family that they never see. Let’s not deny that money is very powerful. It can guide a lot of our decisions. But in the end, it only gets us so far. The power, grace and love of God exceeds anyone’s bank balance. He is more powerful than the pound and more enduring than the dollar. Let’s not have money as the driving force in our lives but our everlasting Father who has no end to His giving.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes it’s hard to see past the bills, debt and pressures of our society. Help us to be wise with our finances but to look to You for guidance. Amen.
How does money control your decisions? Does it have more control on your life than God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.