My friend Cindy subscribes to The Tightwad Gazette, a newsletter dedicated to “promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle.” The monthly publication is filled with money-saving ideas such as vacuuming furnace filters and reusing them and using shredded newspaper for cat litter. Cindy tells me that living by the Gazette’s philosophy can save people a lot of money.

Now, I agree that a free-spending way of life can lead to serious trouble. So it’s smart to shop wisely and follow principles of good stewardship. But for some people, being a tightwad takes on a deeper meaning. They become obsessed with saving every penny or hoarding things to protect themselves in the event of an economic collapse. They put their trust in their own resourcefulness instead of in God and His ability to meet their needs.

No matter how great the amount we save, however, it cannot compare with the riches that God has. He owns everything! He owns all the silver and gold on earth (Hag. 2:8). The earth and everything in it are His (Ps. 24:1; 50:10-11).

Yes, the One who has promised to meet our needs has all the resources of the universe to back it up. And He gives without measure.