Can you Trust God with your Finances?
(Proverbs 11:28): Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
I got bills, but I also got Jesus. If God is peace, why is He allowing me to experience anxiety when I know it’s time to look at all my mail and pay the bills? I knew this was not a healthy situation, but with everything else in my life, I didn’t want to face it quite yet. It didn’t matter how much joy Jesus gave me and how much he soothed my soul. At the end of the day, I still became afraid to pick up my mail, go through it, and pay the bills.
Maybe this is you? Maybe even though you claim Jesus Christ to be your Lord and savior, responsibilities and money makes you want to run away from the world? If so, I encourage you to keep reading.
Right now I am currently on the phone to pay my hospital bills. Why do I want to hyperventilate while I am waiting for their verdict? If today were my last day on earth, would it really matter if I had to pay a certain amount of debt or not? No matter what storms come, I can only do the best I can each day. I can’t control the sea around me.
Do you Trust God to always Provide?
If I truly believe and know that Jesus loves me, why would I feel uneasy? It says in His word that He will provide. Praise the Lord I can testify that He has provided time and time again in my life when I didn’t see how I was going to make it financially. He made money fall out of the sky to help me. Be encouraged and read a testimony of God miraculously providing for me in my previous post: ‘Serving in the Unfamiliar.’
There is a small uneasiness in my bones today, but maybe it’s just because I really don’t want to pay bills. To be honest, I rather be writing something fun like this blog post. 😉
Will you Seek After Christ and Receive His Peace?
As a part of me trembles, I also notice something new inside of my soul. I am talking with more peace, patience, and trust than ever while calling these collection agencies. Gentleness is within me. My heart and my mind aren’t accusing them of being the Devil, as silly as that sounds. My hope isn’t in them. My anger isn’t rising when they say that I may not receive assistance towards these payments. Thy will be done, right?
(Matthew 6:10) 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Maybe the uneasiness is truly coming from a deeper place. It’s coming from a deeper place in my heart where the love for God and man is so strong that I desperately pray the Lord gives me time to Honor him so much more in this Body.
Unfortunately, I will be attending a viewing today of a young friend who passed away. His life was cut too short. Sadly, death reminds you how you want to live and honor God in this day; this gift called life. Each moment, I want to walk humbly before Him.
(Micah 6:8) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
How will you Honor God Today?
Today, as I looked at my ‘To-Do’ list, I became more fully aware that I want to truly honor the Lord with everything I do, including paying the bills. If we wanted to get a little crazy, why not honor the Lord with doing the laundry? How about walking in honor when I rise and when I fall asleep? Is it really that hard to simply honor him in every breath?
Colossians 3:23 reads: Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.
I have Jesus Christ in my life and I also have bills. Jesus is teaching me to enjoy the day. He is teaching me to delight in serving Him. No matter how hard the struggles become, I will press in. I will run towards Him. I will chase God down so hard that every day to come, no matter how many bills I have to pay, I will delight in the Lord because I fully believe that He loves me and He will always provide for the ones that love Him.
(Pslam 84:11)11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
(Pslam 34:10) 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Will you choose God’s voice before the world’s?
Funny enough, as I finished this article, I had a phone call with a good friend who decided to go with another videographer for His project. It wasn’t out of not liking me or my quality of work, but it was out of him acting out of piece towards the other quote he received from the videographer.
This immediately made me see and wonder if I am saying yes to God in terms of money. Am I saying yes to certain jobs out of fear that I can’t serve the Lord in the ways He has called me to? Is God trying to tell me that He wants me in full-time ministry, and I need to surrender everything else to Him? I need to say yes to what God has told me to do instead of choosing to live how the world does.
Will you Surrender Your Job Title to God?
We all, including myself, need to surrender our job titles to God. We need to passionately desire to carry the title ‘Child of God’ before any other title. How can we sincerely minster God’s word if we do not? The name ‘Chid of God’ doesn’t come from the money. The name comes from the sacrifice that Jesus did for us all on the cross.
At the end of the day, no matter how many bills pile up, we can choose to delight in the Lord. We can praise the name of Jesus, and walk joyfully and humbly with our God; our God who already paid our debt at calvary. Our God who watched His son die for us.