The Bible is a fantastic collection of knowledge and wisdom.
While many people assume such an old book could not have relevance to modern life, the truth is the Bible is easily applicable to how we live today.
These verses will help you understand why and how you should be doing a budget each month.
Bible Verses About Budgeting
Whenever you read a verse in the Bible, it is best to check several of the verses before and after the single verse you are reading.
This will provide you with a full understanding of what the author is trying to teach the reader. While individual verses can be packed with wisdom, you will do even better by getting the full context.
Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
Luke 14:28-30 – “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Proverbs 27:23 – Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds,
Proverbs 6:6-8 – Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.
2 Corinthians 9:6 – The point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.
Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.
1 Corinthians 4:2 – In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful.
Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Haggai 2:8 – “The silver and gold belong to me”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
Proverbs 23:4-5 – Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; because you know better, stop! As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears, for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.
Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.
1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world.
And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.
Proverbs 27:12 – A sensible person sees danger and takes cover; the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
1 Corinthians 16:2 – On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he is prospering, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.
Proverbs 24:3-4 – A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.
Psalm 24:1 – The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord;
Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 112:5 – Good will come to the one who lends generously and conducts his business fairly.
Luke 16:10 – Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.
Proverbs 14:23 – There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 24:27 – Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterward, build your house.
Proverbs 13:16 – Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.
What We Can Learn About Budgeting from the Bible
Several main themes come up with these verses. While not all are directly applicable to sitting down and putting together a budget, they all give you reasons you should be budgeting.
The main themes I took from the above verses include:
- God owns it all.
- God loves you and will provide your needs.
- Diligent planning leads to profitability.
- Working hard is the path to wealth.
- Get your work done first
- Do not work until exhaustion to get rich.
- Saving money for a rainy day keeps you from debt.
- You can see danger by planning for your future.
- Failing to plan will result in disaster.
Spending time reading the Bible, and specifically verses that deal with money, is a great way to learn wisdom to help you make better decisions.
There are many more bible verses on money topics. There more that I have covered are:
My Final Thoughts On What the Bible Says About Budgeting
If we think of money as a tool, a budget is the engine that makes our tool work at peak efficiency.
While many people think that getting a budget together is a major undertaking, what they find is that, after a few months, budgeting becomes easy and even enjoyable.
For my family, starting each month with a written budget helps us to make sure we are prioritizing the important things in our lives, and that nothing sneaks up on us.