Updated: Apr 1
One area our faith can be severely tested during a storm is in the area of our finances. It is during these time that we must remember that it is not “Our finances”, but rather “His finances”.
Our source is not our job, our source is not our paycheck, our source is not our 401K, our source is found in Jesus Christ. James 1:17 tells us that “every good and perfect gift comes from God”. He is our source! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10).
Here are two simple rules we can follow during these times to obtain Fi -nancial Peace:
Panic is Never a Plan: Psalms 37:5 says to Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and he shall bring to pass.” We are stewards in that which God has entrusted to us. In Matthew 25 Jesus gave us a picture of what Panic looks like. The servant to which one talent was given went and dug in the ground and hid the money (v18). He was afraid and panicked (vs 25). He was called wicked and lazy and what was given to him was taken away. (vs 26, 28)
Proverbs 3 gives us the blueprint for financial peace during the storm. It is the opposite of panic. Verse 6 tells us that as we acknowledge Him (as we identify Him as our source) it is He that will direct our paths. Verses 25-26 reminds us to “not be afraid of sudden terror...For the Lord is your confi -dence”.
Stay Disciplined: Luke 16:10 tells us that He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
During these times it is easy to become undisciplined. To allow our actions to show that our trust is in ourselves and not in Him. But during these times we should remain faithful as He is faithful. We should continue to give as a cheerful giver and know all of God’s promises are “Yes and Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20) and to know that He is for you, not against you.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able
to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficien -cy in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
2 Timothy 1:12 “...nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
If we keep to these two steps of understanding the plan that God has for us and staying disciplined then we will continue to have the peace that comes only from God.