When it comes to financial difficulties, trusting God can be difficult. After all, it’s our natural tendency to want to take control and fix things ourselves. But when we trust God, even during financial difficulties, we can find hope and peace. Here are five reasons why trusting God is important during tough financial times.
Trusting God In Financial Difficulties
We have to ask tough questions in difficult times. You don’t know everything, so it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not; we all need to ask difficult questions at times. We all need help and hope from someone bigger than us.
While faith is important at all times, it is especially crucial to have faith in difficult or trying times. Faith reminds us God is in control and that we can rely on Him to get us through even the most difficult and uncertain times. He is steady, ready, willing, and able to support us through any situation.
What does the Bible say about economic hardships? These are five principles to help you trust God with your money.
Take your worries, anxiety, and fear to Him.
We all fight fear these days. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by anxiety the minute you wake up in the morning. What happens if my family members get sick? What will it take to make ends meet after I lose my job? How will the economy recover? Some of us entertain those thoughts and start to spiral, and others take the ostrich approach–burying our heads in the sand and waiting until it’s over!
There is a third option to dealing with fear. It’s called letting God handle your worries.
God is our refuge and strength,Psalm 46:1-2
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
First, we must understand that God is deeply concerned about our suffering and invites us to place our burdens upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). Did you get that? God is not far away. He’s kicking His feet on a heavenly footstool and shaking his head. He is near those who are confused and broken. He wants you to forget your anxiety. Is He willing to take your anxiety away?
If you are willing to share your concerns with Him (Philippians 4:6-7), you can trade your worries for God’s peace. His peace is strong! Only His peace can truly relax you when you feel like your chest is tightening. Instead of trying to get through your anxiety by wriggling your fingers and creating millions of scenarios in your head, you can let go and ask God for help.
Give God your worries. He is big enough to take care of them.
Trust God with your money. He owns it anyway.
I want to introduce you to stewardship, an old-fashioned word. Stewardship means you are entrusted with caring for something that belongs to someone else. Because you have someone to answer to. Managing a team or resource at work is an example of being a steward.
Do you see the direction we are going with this? You are a steward of God’s resources and money. You must also take responsibility for your actions and work hard. You better be serious because God has given you a job. As we can see from this verse, God has given you the ability to make money and build wealth.
17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’
18 “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.Deuteronomy 8:17-18
God is the true owner of all things under the sun, so you can trust Him with the money He has given you. He is our ultimate source of security. 1 Timothy 6:17 says that you should not place your hope in wealth. Instead, ” believe in God who richly provides everything we need.”
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.1 Timothy 6:17
Recognize your dependence on God.
If God created and owns all things (John 1:1-3), He trusts us to be His stewards. That means that we can rely on Him to provide. We must ask ourselves: Do I believe He is good? Is He going to take care of me?
Let’s look at the Matthew passage that Jesus shared with His disciples in one of His most renowned sermons.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?Matthew 6:25-27
I want you to do something. Look outside your window. You may live where birds can be seen and heard singing. They seem to be doing well. None of them are watching in fear as the Dow drops. They are not stocking up on hand sanitizer and toilet paper. This may sound absurd, but they are just birds. You are a human being, carefully created in God’s divine image. Are you not convinced that God cares more for you than the sparrows or the blue jays?
God doesn’t care about economic downturns or supply chain problems. You can be sure that He takes care of His children and the birds He feeds daily.
Be content in all situations.
Have you ever heard the old joke, “You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse?” You can’t take your stuff with you when you go! It is tempting to be a slave to the Joneses and pile up more stuff to chase the next purchase. The Bible warns against hoarding wealth and encourages us to be rich toward God.
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”Luke 12:21
This means we honor God with everything we have, even our money.
Trusting God’s provision will lead to contentment, which is being grateful for what you have. This idea is found throughout the Bible. This verse from Job is an example. It reads:
And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,Job 1:21
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
You can be happy with what you already have if you put your faith in God and His provision. It allows you to let go of your possessions. It is a great habit to have, no matter what the situation. Gratitude can change your perspective. It shifts your focus away from what you do to what you have.
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:12-13
Give generously to others, just like God has done to you.
This is where the fun begins. Applying the four principles above will give you complete control over your money. You will also be able to recognize God’s generosity and want to show it to others.
Think back to the time you gave a special gift to your children. Perhaps you gave them a puppy for Christmas or bought them an iPhone. Even though they may not be perfect, parents want to do their best for their children. Seeing their faces light up when they receive something they have been waiting for brings us great joy. You know what? God is the same generous God toward his children. He does good to all who ask and enjoys our joy.
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:9-12
Generosity can be contagious. It’s natural to give back when you have received something positive. Giving is a powerful way to overcome fear. It forces you to put your needs first. This forces you to spend your money wisely.
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.1 John 3:16-18
God sees our generosity and is pleased.
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.Matthew 6:2-4
Even if you don’t have the money, it’s OK. There are many ways to give your time, talents, and friendship.
Is God Concerned About My Suffering?
It’s hard to lose. It’s real. It is impossible to understand all the evil that exists in the world. It’s human to wonder, “Where’s God in all this?” Why can’t He do anything?
If you want to see God amid suffering, you only need to picture Jesus on the cross. If you are wondering why He didn’t do it, remember what He did to conquer death and bring us joy. He is well-versed in loss and pain. He decided to take it upon himself to share the pain and loss we all experience. We can trust Him because He completed His mission, and we can have faith that He will heal our ailments and restore our fortunes.
God promises He will deliver, protect, and eventually prosper his people even in their darkest hours. We can be sure that He will do the same for us.
In conclusion, no matter how difficult our financial situation may be, we must trust in God. He is our ultimate provider and knows what we need. We must believe He will care for us and not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself.