25 Bible Verses About Managing Your Finances
Sometimes it feels like our lives revolve around making money and spending money. And it can be challenging to have confidence in our money management with all the options thrown at us.
We’re called to properly steward what God has given us and foster a healthy relationship with money.
So you may be wondering: What does the Bible say about money?
There are over 2,000 Bible verses about money that can guide us. To learn more about biblical money management principles, take a look at this list of 25 verses that address wealth, debt, stewardship, tithing, and more.
How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Money
We live in a culture that tells us having more is better. Our tendency as sinful human beings is to want more money, a bigger house, a newer phone, and more expensive possessions. If we’re trying to find our happiness in money, we’ll never be satisfied.
Before we can steward what God gives us, we need to have a healthy relationship with money. Christians are called to contentment with what God has given them in each stage of life.
1. Whoever loves money never has enough (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”
2. It is God who gives you the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
3. You cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24)
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
4. Don’t be greedy for money (1 Peter 5:2)
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;”
5. Whoever is greedy troubles his household (Proverbs 15:27)
“Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.”
How to Properly Steward What God Has Given You
Scripture reminds us that God ultimately owns everything here on earth. Our job is to responsibly steward the resources that God has given us. We also have the opportunity to bring God glory through the ways that we manage our finances.
In the verses below, we see some of these main principles:
- God blesses those who make money through honest work rather than sinful practices.
- God calls us to pay back what we owe and help those who have helped us.
- It’s wise for us to plan, thinking through how we’ll make money, and spend money.
- Saving money can help set us up for future financial success.
6. Dishonest money dwindles away (Proverbs 13:11)
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
7. Pay what you owe to others (James 5:4-6)
“Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”
8. A wise man thinks ahead (Proverbs 13:16)
“A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!”
9. The plans of the diligent lead to profit (Proverbs 21:5)
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
10. Sit down and estimate the cost (Luke 14:28)
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
11. It is wise to store up wealth (Proverbs 30:24-25)
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;”
12. Provide for your household (1 Timothy 5:8)
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
13. Be not one of those who give pledges (Proverbs 14:23)
“Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?
Dive more into what God-honoring stewardship looks like in our blog post: Stewardship and Giving, What’s the Difference?
What The Bible Says About Tithing and Giving
God calls us to live generously through tithes and offerings. Tithing is an intentional practice to remind us of God’s sovereign ownership of all we have. It can be easy to go through the motions, so we need to intentionally decide how we want to use our resources to further His kingdom and take care of others.
14. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”
15. Do not be hardhearted or tightfisted (Deuteronomy 15:7)
“If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfited toward them.”
16. It is more blessed to give than to receive (Act 20:25)
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
17. When you give to the needy, do not announce it (Matthew 6:2-5)
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
18. I will give a full tenth to you (Genesis 28:20-22)
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
If you want to dig deeper into what scripture has to say about tithing, head to our blog post: 20 Bible Verses about Tithing and Offerings.
How to Manage Money in Times of Abundance
It can be easy to fixate on our wealth in this uncertain world, thinking it can solve our problems. Wealth can be a gift from God, and we can use it to bring Him glory when appropriately managed. In times of prosperity, God calls us to be generous and ready to share with those who have less. By being generous and rich in good works, we store up the treasure of a good foundation for the future.
19. Honor the Lord from your wealth (Proverbs 3:9-10)
“Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
20. It is a good thing to receive wealth from God (Ecclesiastes 5:19)
“And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.”
21. We will bring our firstfruits to the Lord (Nehemiah 10:35)
“We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the LORD.”
22. Don’t fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”
How to Trust God in Times of Financial Need
In the Bible, there are many accounts of God providing for those in need. We see God provide food for Israel in the wilderness, for Elijah during a drought, for Samaria during a time of famine. We also see God providing money, healing, comfort, and protection. In times of need, we aren’t promised that God will give us wealth and riches. But we see in the verses below that God will supply the needs of his people.
23. God will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
24. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it (Psalms 81:10)
“I am the Lord Your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
25. God clothes the grass of the field, how much more will he clothe you (Luke 12:28)
“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
When we approach money with the right attitude and look to God’s Word as a source of guidance, we can learn to manage our finances in a way that brings glory to God.