Bringing Our Financial Worries to God…

Oh what a week! The financial news is bleak.  What will happen to our national economy if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by next week?  Is another major economic catastrophe on the horizon?  The global market’s climate is questionable at best.  The U.S. unemployment rate continues to rise. Taking partisan politics out of this picture, there are many individual families here in the U.S. who are seriously struggling to make ends meet.

Credit cards may be maxed out, meeting the monthly obligations seem impossible, and then a medical emergency gets thrown into the mix! Unexpected expenses, unexpected emergencies or poor money management can devastate a family’s finances.

Living through these times many may be wondering, where is God in all of this mess?  

The Bible reminds us that God promises to take care of us–no matter what.  He has a way of meeting urgent needs in ways that seem truly amazing. Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”

Our job is to pray for God’s providence while trusting His faithfulness!  The lesson we can give our kids is that we DO trust God to meet our needs! Go to scripture as a family, perhaps even letting your kids share in your prayers asking God to help your family’s needs, so then they can then witness first-hand His blessings of provision.  

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

I realize that there is a lot of debate among Christians whether or not tithing is just an Old Testament Law, I still really like this verse: Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

My old pastor in California was known to say, “You can’t out-give God”.  Some people loved that saying, others…not so much! I liked it because when we’d get a little greedy about giving that 10% off the top, it was a good reminder that everything we had was a blessing of provision from God.

My prayer this week is for each of you out there who may be struggling financially.  That you will find reassurance in God’s provision for all your needs to be met!

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Rz
Rz

Thank you so much for having this devotion online. Needed the encouragement!

Lana White
Lana White

Very good devotional! Very encouraging in these uncertain times.

Sarah B
Sarah B

I have witnessed God's faithfulness time and time again. God is not a cosmic ATM, but He is a loving Father who provides what we need to accomplish what He has asked us to do. Some may think it's silly, but I honestly look forward to seeing how God will provide. We recently had a $1000 medical bill for an unplanned, emergency surgery. After resolving to trust God, we received a refund from our escrow account enough to cover half of our bill. A few weeks later we discovered the hospital overcharged us by $983. We had enough to cover our bill with extra left over. Some would say it's coincidence and no big deal, but the timing was sooo perfect. I'm thankful that God provides us with opportunities to witness His provision and faithfulness first-hand.

Brittany W
Brittany W

What a great reminder! I was figuring out our budget today while listening to Dave Ramsey and totally was reminded how great our God is and always provides for us so we can bless others!

Carrie
Carrie

Thank you for this article! It is SO important to hear this consistently! We are missionaries raising money to return to the field and we are having an INCREDIBLY hard time. But being reminded of these simple facts that God will provide and has us in the palm of His hand is so important! Thank you again!