I decided to put this topic here because I believe its an important topic for Christians to know and understand. In the nearly 15 years of being a Christian I have from time to time run into the kind of thinking that the runs the vein of something like this: "What are you doing to plan for your (and your family) future financially?" answer: "We are just trusting the Lord brother." I liken this kind of thinking to the story of the man trapped on the top of his house in a flood praying for God to save him. God sends him a boat and helicopter and the man refuses claiming he is waiting for God to save him. Finally he downs and sees the Lord and asks, "Lord, I trusted in you, why didn't you save me?" To which God replies, "I sent you a boat and a helicopter." Sadly, I fear many people treat their finances in this manner, and with great suspicision as well because of what the Bible says about money. We know that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. We know how the rich in this world are admonished by God in the epistle of James. But is there any sense in which a Christian ought to handle the increase of his hands to the glory of GOd? Most certainly. Both the man and the woman of the house ought to carefully consider how they ought to be stewards of the carnal things the Lord has entrusted to them. A man ought to consider how he shoudl care for his wife and help his children in the future. More so, he ought to consider how he might have somewhat to care for his own parents, and his wife's, in their old age if need be. In the context of caring for one's own widows, the Scripture says, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." 1 Timothy 5:8 A man who does not provide for his own wife and children, and his parents when they are elderly or widowed, and cannot care for themselves has denied the faith? It seems this is the gravity that the Scripture lays upon this subject. Brethren, we are not an agricultural society anymore. Very few of us depend on produce, land, and animals for our sustenence. Most of us get paychecks to pay our bills, enjoy some things, and if God is willing, have something left over. We should brethren, learn to give and be generous. And we should learn to invest and increase the good things the Lord has given us in good ways. Investing is not evil. Being skillful at it is not evil. If we exalt money and an increase thereof above our God, like anything else, it is evil and idolatry. But dare we say of another that they do wrong who train themselves to be wise with money? Is it evil to be skilled at such a thing? I don't think so. Scripture doesn't teach me so. It does teach me to avoid the love of money, and covetousness. It teaches me to be a good steward of both earthly and heavenly things. And if I be found as one who cannot manage well earthly things, why should I be entrusted with true riches? Let us brethren, not be too high-minded. So much so that our minds exalt themselves above the heavens. We are to set our mind on thigns above, and not on things on the earth. But not in such a manner so as to bring dishonor to the name of Jesus Christ.