While the Bible does not specifically use the word budget, it speaks a lot on the principle of stewardship. A steward is a person who has been put in charge of overseeing property, money and more. Stewards were expected to manage well, as the master of the house expected his money to increase and his property well-maintained in Matthew 25:14-20. Joseph was also a steward to Potiphar in Genesis 39.
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about this idea of stewardship including the wisdom in saving money and the foolishness of squandering it. (Proverbs 21:20) As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of our time, energy and resources. The means being responsible with what the Lord has entrusted to us. Budgeting reminds us that our lives (and our resources) are not our own. All that is "ours" ultimately belongs to Him. We are called to use our resources wisely and budgeting can help us in making wise financial decisions.
If you've never budgeted before, we understand that it can be an intimidating thing. With a few simple tools though, you can get on the right track. We've provided some resources below to help you get started.
You can make and keep a budget that works for you. Download the resources below to get started.
The EveryDollar App
Create a budget, manage money, and track your spending right from your phone.