While our budget says we live “paycheck to paycheck,” our lives reflect a truth that is drastically different. We have walked in the literal promise of receiving from God a house “full of all good things which [we] did not fill” (Deut 6:10). We have literally watched God fulfill His promise to “pay back” what we have given to others (Proverbs 19:17), provide for all of our needs (Psalm 34:10, 37:25), and give us an abundance (2 Cor 9:8). I believe wholeheartedly that this is because we chose, long ago, to live our lives according to biblical standards. Here are some of the things we have learned about God over the years in regard to finances:
1.) What we give to others, God gives back to us – with interest!
– “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.” (Proverbs 19:17)
– “He who gives to the poor will not want” (Proverbs 28:27)
– “There are those who scatter abroad, and yet increase more… the liberal person shall be enriched and he who waters shall himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)
– “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
– “Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give to you. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again. (Lk 6:38 )
– “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in My house, and prove Me now, says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing to you, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal 3:10).
If “he who sows bountifully, reaps bountifully” then one of the best investments we can make is to invest in someone else. God promises us that He will give back to us whatever we give to others, and more besides. It’s a savings account with the bank of God!
2.) Keeping the Commandments of God opens up financial blessings.
– “Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, that delights greatly in His commandments… Wealth and riches shall be in his house.” (Ps 112:1,2,3)
– “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’… Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mat 6:31-33)
– “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today… The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand… and the Lord will grant you plenty of goods… the Lord will open to you His good treasure” (Deut 21).
God tells us that “he who is faithful with little shall be given much.” When we are faithful to do the things that God asks of us, we reap financial blessings.
3.) It is God’s will that His children be financially blessed.
– “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psa 35:27)
– “The blessing of the Lord, makes one rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Pro 10:22)
– “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deut 8:18).
This last verse tells us that God establishes His covenant with us by giving us the power to obtain wealth. He doesn’t just like it when His children are blessed, He considers it His personal mission to give us the power to obtain wealth. This means He will give us the knowledge, resources, and wisdom to make money – no matter what the economy looks like, God’s supply is unlimited!
4.) Do Not Worry
– “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’… Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mat 6:31-33).
We have learned (often the hard way) that “fear is Satan’s faith.” If faith is the catalyst which inspires and enables God to act on our behalf, then fear is the catalyst which inspires and enables Satan to act against us. Fear is what caused me to feel guilty about spending money on a dog… fear that I was spending money we were later going to need. Fear is often what keeps us from giving money to others. Fear asks “what if.” What if I spend all this money and something happens to the car? What if I give this money away and my kids need something that I can’t afford to give them? What if I loose my job? That fear gives an invitation to Satan for wreaking havoc in our lives. Fear gives Satan permission to do to us exactly what we’re afraid of. Job says during his trial: “that which I have feared has come upon me.” The reality is that God wants us to put our trust in Him, not in our savings account. We can truly live a life free from financial fears if we can accept the fact that God WANTS to provide for us, to bless us, and use us to bless others. And if He wants those things for us, we can rest assured that our prayers for His provision will not go unanswered. Jesus gave us a tremendous promise in Matthew 21:22 when He said: “Ask, and it shall be given to you.” James 4:2 tells us that if we don’t have something, it’s because we haven’t asked for it. Even in the tension of needing money but having not yet received it, we can live secure in the knowledge that as our loving Father, God wants to, and indeed promises to, provide for all of our needs.
If we will live according to God’s principles, taking care of those in need, keeping His commandments, and trusting in His provision, He will do miraculous things with our finances!
“And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many [people], and thou shalt not borrow.” (Deut 28:11)
He’s certainly done that for us!
George Muller of Bristol, His Life of Prayer and Faith, by A. T. Pierson. Any Christian who has ever struggled with finances should read this book. In it are potent lessons for anyone desiring to become fully financially dependent on God.
The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. This is a secular book, but the principles espoused in this book are based on biblical fact – that’s why it works! Read in combination with “There’s More to the Secret.”
There’s More to the Secret, by Ed Gungor. Exactly as the title describes, this book gets past some of the new ageyness of The Secret and explains the biblical principles behind the teachings of The Secret, and also exposes some of the false doctrines that creep up in an otherwise excellent book.