Money worries can, and probably will, affect all of us at some time. Jesus gave this advice to a group of people who were anxious about their finances: ‘Don’t worry about these things…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs…and he will give you everything you need’ (vv. 31-33 NLT). He’ll do this for us every day too, if we live for Him and make God’s kingdom our main concern. If you’re feeling worried about money at the moment, what’s your biggest fear? Is it not having enough money, or not having God’s blessing on your finances and how you use your money? If the fear of missing out on God’s involvement in our finances is bigger and stronger than the fear of not having enough, we’re actually in a good place, because it means we’ll be more inclined to seek God’s advice, use our money in line with His will, and sow generously into His kingdom. The Bible talks about ‘casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7 ESV). None of us can escape financial uncertainty, and when we experience it, we long for the assurance that we’re not alone. Ironically, financial peace of mind doesn’t come from hoarding and withholding, but from giving when it doesn’t seem to make sense. That’s because in those times when we’re down to our last pound, or we don’t know how we’re going to pay the next bill, all we can do is turn to God and trust Him. And as we see Him walking beside us and working in our situation, our faith and confidence in Him to provide for us and meet our needs grows stronger each day.
Are you worrying about money at the moment? Read through Matthew 6 and then pray about any parts of it that stand out or resonate with you.
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