God Ain’t a Counterfeiter

“…go down to the lake, cast a hook, and pull in the first fish that bites. Open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to the tax men. It will be enough for both of us.” Matthew 17.26 The Message

I often say that I should write a book entitled “I saw it in church.” Because over the past 35 years, I have seen some things…at church! Things that have made me laugh, cry and shake my head. And, I can say that I have seen some crazy stuff at church.

One thing I cannot forget is being at a large meeting and when the offering time came around, the ushers wheeled out 55 gallon drums. They thought being “we want to expect the most we can from God.” Then the pastor stretched out his hands and prayed over the offering and asked God to multiply it. Hmmmm. That was sort of my sticking point. I have read the story of how Jesus multiplied the fish and loaves and fed a multitude of people. By faith I accept that. But, asking God to multiply money? Wouldn’t that make a God a counterfeiter? I am not saying that God can’t. I am just saying that I believe God won’t.

The bible is filled with references about how to handle money. In fact there are more biblical references on how we should handle our finances and property than there are about heaven and hell. Money is a tool that can accomplish good or bad depending on how and by whom it is used. In the text, the issue of paying taxes was being discussed. If Jesus could just make money, why didn’t He? Why’ didn’t Jesus turn dirt into gold? If He possessed the power of an alchemist, why didn’t He use it? I believe that God wants us to understand that knowing where to find money and how to get it is in our best interest rather than just whipping up a batch of it. He gives us the power (understanding, ability, and wisdom, knowledge) to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8.18). God won’t make money for you but He will show you where it is and how you can get it.

If you are praying for a miracle money check to show up in your mail box, stop wasting your time. If you are walking down the street and praying to find a suitcase filled with hundred dollar bills, stop looking. If you say to your wallet “be filled” and then open it expecting that it be flush with cash—you need help. God is not a counterfeiter. He is the infinite source of wisdom and understanding. Ask Him for wisdom and understanding on how you can improve your financial situation. Jesus said “Ask and it shall be given” He said “Seek and you shall find (Matthew 7.7). The Apostle James also said that if we lack wisdom let us ask God who gives liberally to anyone who asks (James 1.5)
Nope! God ain’t in the counterfeiting business. But He is a fountainhead of information on how you can improve your financial situation. Remember: God won’t make money for you. But He will show you where it is and how you can get it.
God Bless


~ by Daniel Toops on November 10, 2011.

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