We had only been married for six weeks when my husband called saying he was laid off. As a recent graduate, I had not yet found a job. Fast forward nine years into marriage and being 38 weeks pregnant with our second son, my husband comes home to tell me that his company is being sold and the future is uncertain. How often do finances create stress in your life?
God is very specific in his word regarding money and how it should be managed.
1. Be Content (Hebrews 13:5). Ask yourself this question. Am I being a good steward of my finances? Am I spending frivolously on things I do not need?
2. Learn. As we understand our finances and create a budget to follow, our anxiety will lessen. Matthew 6:25-34 tells us to not worry. If God takes care of the animals, of how much more worth are we? God will bless your efforts to learn and manage money effectively which ultimately provides lasting peace.
3. Save (1 Kings 3). King Solomon was the wisest man to ever walk the earth. When he asks for wisdom, God blesses him with even more than that, wealth. This passage does not promise us wealth if we ask for wisdom, but teaches us that God is sincere in his desires for our lives to be full of wisdom and discernment with money. We should strive to be savers more than spenders. Because we had an emergency fund, we were able to bypass a lot of stress during those times of the unknown. (Proverbs 21:20)
4. Give. God calls us to be “cheerful” givers (2 Cor. 9:7). Recently, we were able to give to many new missionaries and support others financially. This is due to God’s faithfulness and our submitting to scripture's guidance.
My challenge is for you to surrender control to Jesus. He is the giver of everything we need! Commit to learning more about your finances and how to become more financially secure in a biblical way. Crown.org and Daveramsey.com are great places to start.
Jesus, thank you for the promise to never leave nor forsake us. Thank you for teaching us through your word how to manage our finances. Help me be a cheerful giver and learn to be content. Help me learn how to better manage my finances so that I can ultimately be a blessing to others.
Brittnay Byers is wife to Greg for 9 years and mom of two boys, Camden (5) and Jordan (9 months). She works part-time as a public health nurse and enjoys spending time with her boys outside. She is currently enjoying a study of Jeremiah and learning about the balanced discipline and grace that Jesus offers to his children.
This is the first post in Shoulder to Shoulder's Fear and Anxiety series. Join us March 19th at 6:30pm on our Merrimon campus for our second INSPIRE night as we encourage each other in practical ways to experience God's peace in our lives.