DAY 1

DOES GOD CARE ABOUT MY FINANCES?

God cares about every aspect of our lives, including our finances. The Bible is full of encouragement to be good stewards of the resources we have. The Bible also teaches us to become trustworthy in money matters, to trust in God’s provision, as well as help to meet the needs of others. In times of economic challenge, it’s easy to take our eyes off the Lord and to become anxious. But, Jesus, Himself said,

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
– Matthew 6:31-33


The apostle Paul echoes that sentiment when he encouraged the church in Philippi,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7


These scriptures are comforting as well as challenging. Letting go of anxiety whilst still taking responsibility to steward what we have, takes discipline and practice. But the rewards are great – as we seek first God’s kingdom, Jesus says; “all these things will be given as well”. The apostle Paul encourages us to present our requests to God, and then, “His [God’s] peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”. Contentment is also key to this. Trusting in God’s provision leads to contentment, so let’s be grateful for what we have. Gratitude changes our perspective because it shifts our focus from what we don’t have to what we do have. “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:12-13


The Lord will also be using this season to encourage generosity and to stir believers to help meet the needs of those who are financially challenged in this season. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18-18. So, let’s model true New Testament community by watching out for those who are in a financially challenging season. You could be the answer to someone else’s miracle.

daily devotional

by Karen Smith

 

  • Take any fear or anxiety you may have in this area, and hand it over to God. Meditate on this scripture: God is our [my] refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we [I] will not fear. – Psalm 46:1-2
  • Trust God with your money – He owns it all anyway. Are you putting Him first by bringing your tithes and offerings into the local church and then trusting Him with the rest? Ask the Lord for wisdom to be a good steward of what you do have. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5
  • Ask the question, “Lord, who do you want to bless through me?”. Ask Him to put someone on your heart, then prayerfully consider how you might be able help. It might not necessarily be financial – you can be generous with your time and practical help, too. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:9-10

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QUOTABLE QUOTE

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

– John Wesley

A CALL TO ACTION

You might want to consider signing up for the Money Management course to help you steward and make the most of the resources you have.

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