Struggling Financially? (1)
Donna Savage writes: ‘In my husband’s first years as a pastor our mortgage payment gobbled up half his income…I learned to replace panic with peace by praying for:
Clarity. Money is linked to our self-esteem. It can trigger feelings of shame, fear, pride, and anger. But “understanding [God’s] Word brings light to the minds of ordinary people” (Psalms 119:130 CEV).
Creativity. If you want more money, you must earn more or spend less. We serve a creative God, and He rewards those who “…diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). Ask Him to show you how to increase your income.
Connections. Kids are familiar with connect-the-dot puzzles, where you join a random collection of dots to produce an image you’d otherwise miss. It’s all about the right connections, and God can send the right people into your life with answers to your money problems.
Contentment. Just like earthquakes expose structural weaknesses in buildings, financial pressure exposes our spiritual weakness. Paul said, “I have learned the secret of being content” (Philippians 4:12).
Key phrase: I have learned. Hardship enrolls us all in a basic contentment course, but we don’t all get the same homework. Some of us learn through financial hardship and proving God’s faithfulness for ourselves.’
Savage continues: ‘I’ve given God an “I can’t do this” ultimatum more than once… I’ve also celebrated the adventure of moment-by-moment dependence on His resources. I’ve proved God’s faithfulness in my prayers and in my pantry, and it’s never limited by my bank balance.’
‘…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.’ Matthew 6:32 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Proverbs 1:23; 2:1, 4-5; 3:5-6; 8:13, 17, 34-35 Hosea 10:12; 14:2,8-9
If you turn at my reproof behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you! If you receive my words & treasure up my commandments within you, if you seek it like silver & search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord & find the knowledge of God! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, & do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, & he will make straight your paths! The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil! I love those who love me, & those who seek me diligently find me! Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors! For whoever finds me finds life! Break up your hard ground, for it is time to seek the Lord that he may come & rain righteousness upon you! Take with you words & return to the Lord! It is I who answer you & look after you! From me comes your fruit! Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right!