Every man can experience financial peace by paying closer attention to the instructions Jesus left us about stuff. We all feel pain and doubt when we form wrong expectations of God. He is an all powerful father, but His agenda for us is often different from what we have in mind for ourselves. He is working to develop something in us.

Six Things God didn’t Say About Your Finances…

In God we Trust

We all feel pain and doubt when we form wrong expectations of God. He is an all powerful father, but His agenda for us is often different from what we have in mind for ourselves.  He says He is working to develop something in us.

A good father knows how to build good character and values and allows a son or daughter to learn hard and painful lessons that realigns our values and our perspectives in ways that will bless our future.

Did Jesus talk about money and our attitudes toward our financial needs?  Did He make any promises?  The answer is yes.

Here is what he said in Luke 12 starting at verse 21.

21“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

22Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?26And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

 

The next question after reading this is why do I still have financial needs?  Why are my needs not being met? Did God fail? Did He lie? Exaggerate?

For me, I think I get all confused as to what is a need and what is my greed.  I also think that I get confused, when I feel a financial strain, about what God is trying to teach me.  Maybe I am responsible for getting myself into this mess.  A friend of mine once told me that you have to behave your way out of what you behaved your way in to.

If God let me off the hook every time I made a poor decision or used bad judgment or had developed a wrong value, how could I learn and grow?  I think the answer is obvious for me.  I wouldn’t grow without some pain to make the point. That is just the way I am. I don’t learn the easy way. God does make us promises to help us, however the following list are…

 Six things God didn’t say about helping with my finances.

1. I will give you the lifestyle you want.

2. I will give you your dream job and never ask you to be underemployed. 

3. I will give you the status items your friends have to make you feel good about yourself.

4. I will not ask you to give if you are already experiencing a financial strain.

5. I will not ask you to part with precious heirlooms or family property to cover your bills.

6. I will make sure that as the financial manager of your house that you will never have to say no to your wife and children.

I embarrass myself in that I have whined and complained about most of the above list.  If the above list is what gives you pain, then there is a very good chance there are some underlying issues that need to be resolved for you to find the peace you need. This pain may be God’s way of saying examine yourself.  Find the source of the pain and find a spiritual mentor to help you work through the issues.

See the companion post titled Seven Spiritual Issues that Can Cause you Financial Anxiety.

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