How much time do you spend worrying about money? If we’re being honest with ourselves, we probably worry about it more than we realize. Every time a bill is due or something needs to be repaired, we worry. We stress. Even when things are going well financially, there’s always something that comes up. Or maybe you spend your days worrying about savings and retirement. Money is a universal issue. Every person on the planet will have to come to terms with it at some point. Perhaps the real issue here though has nothing to do with money. More money doesn’t equal more peace. But what if I told you that peace in your finances was possible?
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- God promised to meet all of our needs.The Bible is FILLED with promises concerning God as our provider. He takes care of His children and meets their needs both physically and spiritually. And not only do we have promises, but we have examples. God provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness. He sent ravens to Elijah each morning and evening with bread and meat to eat. And when the crowds were hungry, Jesus miraculously provided food for thousands. All of this proves that God cares deeply about our physical needs.
For some reason, it’s a lot easier to trust God in spiritual matters than physical. I can trust Him for peace and guidance, but I have a much harder time when I need to trust Him with my grocery budget. But Jesus was pretty clear in His teachings, however, that it is the Father’s heart to take care of His children’s needs.
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? – Matthew 6:26
- Jesus commanded us not to worry. If this isn’t a reason not to worry, I don’t know what is! Worry is actually a sin. When I first realized this truth in my own life, I was immediately convicted. Think about it this way… worry is simply a lack of faith that God is who He says He is and that He will provide for us the way He promises in His Word. It’s doubting the very character of God.
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” – Matthew 6:30-32
When Jesus speaks of the Gentiles in this passage, He is referring to the lost… those without God as their Father. We have an amazing Father who provides! We need to trust Him.
- Worry doesn’t improve anything… and that includes your finances. Has worry ever achieved anything for you in your life? Does worrying about your life, your health, your kids, or your career amount to anything? Why do we think that worrying will help things? It won’t. Jesus said so.
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? – Matthew 6:27
If you keep telling yourself that you’ll be at peace when your finances are secure… you will never be truly at peace.
In the end, financial security doesn’t exist, but financial peace is possible when we place our trust in a God who provides for His children.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.