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Monday, July 3, 2023

Good Money Management Starts with Trusting God

In Philippians 4:19 it says, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (ESV)

If I want God to bless every area of my life, including my finances, then I need to be bless-able. I show God that I will be responsible when he does bless me.  

The first thing is to understand that God is my provider, regardless of where I work. He’s the one who supplies my every need—and he may do that through my employer.

If I think something or someone else is the source, then I’m always going to be nervous because that source may not come through for me; I can lose my job, money, or possessions.

But with God I never have to wonder if my needs are going to be met. Everything belongs to him anyway! Romans 11:36 says, “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory” (TLB).

If one water faucet is turned off, God can easily turn on another. If I lose one job, he can give me another. If God closes one door, he can open another. If all the doors are closed, he can open a window.

When I understand that and I choose to trust God, I no longer have the stress of trusting in money and other people.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:19, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (ESV). God knows best what my needs areand how to meet them. And he promises that he will meet every one of them!

Money management starts with this question: In whom or what do I place my trust?

When I place my trust in God, I can get up every morning and say, “God, it all belongs to you. It all comes from you. You are my providernot anybody else—and I’m going to trust in you to meet my needs.”

Trusting in God will lower stress and will allow me to see how he wants to bless me as I trust him to meet my needs.

I must remember the difference between my wants and my needs. My natural inclination is to want to feel good and avoid discomfort / pain. I may not always get what I want. By trusting in Christ, my attitude and appetite can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him.