“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).
When we acknowledge God as lord of our life, we must include our financial life. As we trust in God to save our soul and provide all of our spiritual needs, we also must look to Him to not only provide our financial needs, but also to actually direct our financial life.
Let’s address first things first. We want to run to God when we get in trouble, but we should invite Him into our financial world. When we confess Him as Lord, we look to Him as Lord of all of our life. Some people want to direct their own financial world, but this reveals a reluctance to trust in God. If we have trusted Him with our eternal salvation, we can certainly trust in Him with our finances. Here are three foundational truths:
1. God can only do us good.
Before we trust someone with something, we must be persuaded they will not do us harm. The Bible indicates that God not only will not do us wrong, He cannot.
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
He will not withhold good things from His children, because every good gift comes from above (James 1:17).
2. We must commit to following God’s prescriptions for our financial life.
We should rejoice that God did not leave us to fend for ourselves. Had He not provided us with good sound financial wisdom, we would be either left to fend for ourselves, or we could fall prey to predators out to use us. Instead, God provides us with a wealth of wise instructions and principles from His Word.
3. We must walk by faith and not by sight.
Some wrongly suppose that God will make us prosperous if we exercise faith. But, actually, God promises to meet our needs, not necessarily make us rich (Luke 6:38). At times we might be financially tested, but we should pray to God and trust Him for His gracious provision.
Trusting God with our finances continues our life of faith; we must commit to Him and His Word in all things, including our finances.
Posted on Mon, July 18, 2016
by Sam Petitfils