When Financial Trials Come
Financial trials are abounding on every hand in today’s society. Many people currently find themselves without employment, with a diminishing 401k, with disappearing home equity, and/or with a depleted savings account. For the Christian, there is an answer for times like these. Rather than try to figure out what to do on your own, implement the Bible principles below; then stand back and watch God be true to His word.
Seek the Lord first. (Matthew 6:33)
In this passage of Scripture, we see God’s promise to meet our needs when we put Him first.
Take care of God’s man. (Philippians 4:10-19; I Kings 17:8-16)
The church at Philippi was faithful in caring for the needs of Paul; consequently, we see the promise in verse 19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In I Kings 17, the widow woman was commanded to care for the needs of the man of God “first,” even though she had little to give; then, in verse 13, we see that “she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.”
Exercise patience. (James 1:4)
In James 1:4, we see that during times of trial we will be found “wanting nothing” when we exercise patience.
Give. (Luke 6:38)
Luke 16:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” It is important in times of financial difficulty that we still find a way to give. Your giving may not even be in a monetary form, but the promise says, “For the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Don’t be anxious. (Philippians 4:6)
We are admonished to “be careful for nothing.” In Matthew 6:31, we are told to “therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat: or, What shall we drink or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed.” It is important that we take God at His word and refuse to worry; instead, we are to trust.
Pray. (Philippians 4:6)
“But in everything by prayer and supplication.” Remember we have a God who is ever attentive to the cry of His children.
Be thankful for what you do have. (Philippians 4:6)
Remember that someone somewhere has it worse than you do. As sinful creatures, we also must remember that what we have is far better than what we actually deserve.
Remember God already knows your need. (Matthew 6:32)
Keep in mind that “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” It is often a great comfort just to know that God knows your need and has not forgotten you.
Remember that you are important to God. (Matthew 6:26)
This verse is speaking of the birds when God reminds us “yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” Remember that God cares for the flower of the field and the fowl of the air. How much more important are you than they?
Remember possessions are temporal. (I Timothy 6:7)
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Though you may have lost the “things” that you had, remember how really unimportant they are in light of eternity.