If you have lived much life at all you are probably well aware that putting your trust in the economy, your job, or your bank account is not a good idea. They are all fair weather friends. They can be very helpful one minute and then the next everything can change. God however, is always faithful.
It can be difficult when we focus on late bills, lost income, rising gas and food costs, and the little things in life that happen at the worst possible times. My husband and I have become very familiar with “When it rains it pours” and “Things happen in threes” and “Murphy’s Law”. With all of these things staring us in the face on a daily basis it can be very hard to believe things will ever get better financially. While I have not mastered my fears about finances, I have learned a few things along the way.
First, we must make a spiritual decision to trust God. We must choose to trust Him even when:
- There isn’t enough money to pay the bills.
- Something goes wrong with one of the cars.
- The major appliances in the house break.
- When a job is lost or one can not be found.
- When the car is out of gas and you are out of cash.
We can choose to focus on these issues or we can choose to trust that the Lord will provide what we need. His promises are what allow us to have peace when our lives seem to be one catastrophic event after another.
Second, it is a bold step of faith to start tithing when things seem so upside down in the checkbook. Cynics sometimes argue that tithing is not required in the New Testament since our salvation is no longer based on works, but on faith in Jesus. But there is no getting around the truth that tithing opens the door to blessings that cannot be opened without doing it. From my own personal tithing experience, I am so overwhelmingly convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that tithing increases blessing.
Third, is giving brings blessings back to us. I am not talking about tithing. I am talking about family in need, the less fortunate, and the person in front of you at the grocery store who is short on change. I am not going to get into GIVING this post. I am saving that one for later.
I will leave you with some scriptures I read that stuck out to me. These are just paraphrased. When things seem out of control and we are asking ourselves how are we going to pay for that, how are we going to afford to fix that, or how are we going to keep that, these scriptures put things back into perspective.
- Matthew 6:8…the Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
- Psalm 34:10…those who seek the Lord will lack no good thing.
- Matthew 7:7…ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open to you.
- Romans 8:32…He gave us his son. How will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
- Psalm 37:5…commit to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this.
- Ephesians 3:20…He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine
- Philemon 4:19…And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
- 2 Peter 1:3…His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him
- Hebrews 13:5…For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.
- 2 Corinthians 9:10…may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
- Psalm 20:4…may He grant you according to your hearts desire, and fulfill all of your purpose.
- Ephesians 1:3…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.