Faith,  Finances

Trusting God with Your Finances

I’ve talked to a lot of married couples and listened to even more in videos, blogs, and books and it seems like one of the biggest issues married people struggle with is their finances. I know Justin and I have been struggling financially since we got married, my parents have been married 31 years and struggle with their finances, friends of ours have been married 5 years and still struggle with their finances – it seems to be a pretty common theme.

But one thing that the Lord has been trying to teach me since I got married two years ago is to trust Him with our finances. You see, even when my husband and I had money I still worried about it, that we would lose it all and not be able to pay our bills. I worried about our business failing, getting jobs we hate just to pay the bills, and basically being miserable for the rest of our lives, as I see many people doing today. But I don’t believe that is the life God calls us to have. I don’t believe we’re just supposed to get a job and work until we die (or can retire) and be unhappy because we don’t like our job but we need the money. I honestly don’t believe that is God’s plan for anyone.

I think what often happens is that we 1)listen to what the world says instead of God, and 2)we give in to fear and not faith.

Listening to others and not God

What does society teach us to do? Go to school, go to college and get a degree, and work until you can retire. Only after you retire can you relax and enjoy life, so long as you have a good enough retirement fund. Until then, we basically expect people to be unhappy and stressed and overworked yet underpaid and just tell them to “try to have a good attitude.” But that doesn’t sit right with me. That doesn’t sound like God to me.

Jesus said in John 10:10:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus said He came to give us life and a full life at that. Now, I’m not saying that you’ll never have problems or that there won’t be days you would rather do something else. I’m also not saying that God will make us all millionaires. Most of us wouldn’t be stressed or anxious if we had plenty enough to pay our bills, not be in debt, and still have a little extra on the side. I’m also not saying that God is telling you not to work at anything and to be lazy and watch TV all day.

I believe that we all have a purpose and there is a specific job God wants to give each of us if we will take the time to ask Him what He wants for our lives instead of doing what we want or what other people tell us to do. I know for a fact, because I’ve read and heard interviews with people who love their careers, that when you love what you do, it no longer feels like work. You look forward to getting up each day and doing what you were meant to do. Again, that doesn’t mean that once you’ve found that career God has for you that you won’t have bad days – we all do because that’s part of human nature and living in a sinful world. But I don’t believe we should spend the rest of our working lives in a job that we hate and feeling miserable every day, or just trying to make the best of a bad situation. God doesn’t want us living stressed out, anxious, and unhappy all the time.

What should we do then? Seek God’s will! Ask Him every day to lead you to the career He wants you to have and ask Him how to get there. I honestly believe that He will lead and guide you. Of course, you’ll have trials along the way. God has to test us and not only create in us a better character, but also make sure that we really want this, that we won’t just take the easy way out and live like everyone else. But once we get there, we’ll be so much happier and at peace, not just because we’re doing work that inspires us but also because we’re where God wants us to be.

Giving into fear, not faith

I have lived my entire life in fear. Isn’t that sad? And don’t think I blame my parents for it; I don’t blame them at all because all they ever did was love and support me. No, the fear was part of my fleshly nature and it was the enemy stopping me from doing things I should have done. Instead of trusting in God and learning how to control my thoughts, I gave in to that fear and let it build up inside me so that I still have to deal with the same fears today. I can look back and see that now, and I see him still using that same-old tactic now. He wants me to give up on my dreams because of fear for our finances and our future. Every single day he plays the “what if” game in my mind:

  • What if you didn’t hear from God?
  • What if He doesn’t come through?
  • What if the business fails?
  • What if you have to work jobs that you hate for the rest of your lives?
  • What if you have to live in poverty, just barely making it, for the rest of your lives?

And when I try to counteract those thoughts with thoughts of faith, he then uses this tactic:

  • Why do you think God will take care of you?
  • Why should God deliver you from your financial difficulty?
  • If others had to work hard for 30 years to get out of debt, why shouldn’t you?
  • Why should you get to work your dream jobs or accomplish your dreams when others don’t?
  • Who do you think you are?

Is anyone else with me? I think he uses the same tactics on a lot of us, especially women and especially in our financial situation. But here is the truth:

  • Why do you think God will take care of you?

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. (2 Cor. 9:8)

  • Why should God deliver you from your financial difficulty?

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Prov. 3:9-10)

  • If others had to work hard for 30 years to get out of debt, why shouldn’t you?

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. (Prov. 10:22)

  • Why should you get to work your dream jobs or accomplish your dreams when others don’t?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

  • Who do you think you are?

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

You see, when fear and doubt come, we have to learn to replace it with faith. One thing I keep forgetting is the definition of faith:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb. 11:1)

It’s confidence in what we hope for but don’t yet see. I don’t care what my bank account looks like, where I live, or what my circumstances currently are – I care about God’s promises and what He has said will come to pass! I care that He has placed certain dreams on our hearts and He will fulfill them.

But when we walk in fear and doubt and not faith, it stops God’s hand from moving in our lives. James says it in James 1:6-8

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

You see when we doubt we shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord because we are double-minded and unstable.

That’s why I’ve decided to have faith and trust God with our finances instead of worrying about them and constantly trying to solve it myself. Yes, I will do what I can do, but most of it I can’t do anything about and I know that God will take care of it. My faith isn’t in what I see, it is in my hope in Him and His promises.

So, if you want to have faith with your finances, remember two things:

1)Don’t listen to other people, listen to God

2)Don’t give in to fear, practice faith

I pray you guys have a blessed week!

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  • Karen

    It’s “funny” how we are dealing with the exact same issues and God has been saying the exact same things to me. For too long your dad and I trusted in credit cards and the world more than we have trusted in our Lord. Our eyes are truly opened now and we are trusting God in helping us get out of the mess we put ourselves in and never go back in. I remind myself every single day that God is always faithful and always true to His words. In the meantime, I’m learning to be content and speak positive words and seek Him daily; not to worry or fear but rejoice in seeing what He is going to do next in our lives. God has a wonderful and great plan for our lives! Every day I wake up saying “I trust in God”!

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